P13.6M worth of shabu seized from man, nephew

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OPERATIVES of the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit of the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) arrested two men during a buy-bust in Upper Mohon, Barangay Mohon, Talisay City on Saturday night, September 17, 2022.

They identified the suspects as 29-year-old Jerry Minguito Bionson and his nephew Stephen Minguito Mitante, a 19-year-old senior high school student. Both reside in Sitio Magsaysay, Barangay Suba, Cebu City.

Recovered from them were two kilos of suspected shabu worth an estimated P13,600,000, based on the standard drug price.

Mitante’s group could allegedly dispose of kilos of illegal drugs in a week. His area of distribution includes Metro Cebu and its neighboring towns and cities.

“Of course, we obtained other information regarding other personalities involved in the illegal drug trade, which we cannot disclose as of this time because we are conducting follow-up operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Mark Gifter Sucalit, deputy director for operation of the CPPO.

He said Mitante gets his supply of illegal drugs from Luzon, but police have yet to identify his supplier.

Sucalit said the operation against Mitante was successful because of the information gathered by intelligence officers of the CPPO and the Regional Intelligence Division, Talisay City Police Station and the Naval Intelligence and Security Group.

“This is the combined effort between the PNP (Philippine National Police) and other law enforcement agencies and this shows our strong determination to eradicate the social menace,” he said.

He said they are trying to identify Mitante’s other companions because they believe the latter belongs to a drug syndicate considering the amount of illegal drugs they recovered from him.

The CPPO director said they’ve intensified their anti-illegal drugs operations ever since Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced an all-out war against illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO 7) Director Brigadier General Roque Eduardo Vega praised the CPPO for the success of Saturday’s buy-bust, saying it was the result of good intelligence monitoring and community support.

“PRO 7’s strategic, operational objectives and good intelligence-driven operations have helped the police combat crime and security threats in the region. Let us remain vigilant, working towards a common goal of a safe and peaceful Central Visayas,” Vega said. (AYB, PJB)