ABOUT P28 million worth of illegal drugs was seized from a man who uses the name of a world-famous singer as his alias after he was caught during a drug bust in Barangay Babag 2, Lapu-Lapu City on Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021.
Suspect Roldan Canillo Rosales, known to his customers as “Shakira,” yielded 4.1 kilos of white crystals identified by the police as methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, after his arrest at 10:15 a.m. The value of the contraband was pegged at P27.8 million.
The arrest of Rosales was the third anti-narcotics operation that yielded millions worth of illegal drugs.
Rosales hails from Sitio Sip-ak, Barangay Sudlon 1, a mountain village in Cebu City. The anti-narcotics operatives of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LCPO) learned of his identity because the arrested street peddlers divulged his name as their supplier.
LCPO Director Arnel Banzon believes Rosales is not the biggest supplier of illegal drugs to pushers in the city.
Rosales said in a brief interview that he had been asked to deliver the illegal drugs to Lapu-Lapu City before he was caught.
The suspect’s contact, or the person who gave instructions to Rosales, is a prison inmate in Abuyog town, Leyte, said Banzon.
Banzon said the supply of illegal drugs would be affected in the coming days as a result of Rosales’ arrest; the pushers would possibly seek other suppliers from outside Lapu-Lapu City because, as Banzon said, there are no big-time drug players in the city.
Investigators would try to determine if Rosales is a member of a big-time drug group.
Mayor Junard Chan praised the city police for its successful operations against illegal drugs, and his office is planning to give incentives to the police officers.
Rosales will be facing complaints for violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which prohibits selling and possession of illegal drugs. (GCM / KAL)