Nearly P2 million shabu seized, teacher, 4 others fall in drug bust

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ALMOST P2 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated in separate anti-drug operations in Cebu on Tuesday evening and Wednesday dawn, July 5 and 6, 2022.

First to be arrested on Tuesday at 6 p.m. was a public school teacher identified as Brendo Aringay Villafranca, 34, of Barangay Kansi, Tuburan town.

Seized from him were packs of suspected shabu worth around P2,000, buybust money and his motorcycle.

Around 11 p.m. on the same day, a certain Lilia Hernane, 52, was nabbed in her house in Bamboo Village, Barangay Basak Pardo, Cebu City by the operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7).

Hernane yielded five grams of shabu worth around P34,000 during the raid.

In Barangay Cayang, Bogo City, northern Cebu, 192.48 grams of alleged shabu with a street value of P1,258,816 were seized from drug suspect Jame Paul Yuson Villegas, 30, on Wednesday at 12:20 a.m.

The joint anti-drugs operation was headed by Police Major Joey Bicoy from the Provincial Intelligence Unit.

Lieutenant Colonel Florendo Fajardo, chief of Bogo City Police Station, said the other cohort of Villegas identified as Deo Quontana is now at large after being able to evade arrest.

Both Villegas and Quontana belong to the list of high-value individuals of Bogo Police Station.

Later at 12:38 a.m. on Wednesday, a call center agent identified as Ronnel Ledesma Cabaron, also a high-value individual, yielded 50 grams of illegal drugs amounting to P340,000 during a buybust in Barangay Bulacao, Talisay City.

Another drug suspect, Jojie Diaz, 27, of Sitio Huyong-Huyong, Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City, was arrested by the police for having in his possession 53 grams of suspected shabu worth P360,400.

The suspects are now facing charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (GPL, AYB, BBT, TPT)

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