Cops train sights on mobile drug dens


SOME of the 12 suspects caught in an anti-drug operation in Arevalo, Iloilo City last Sept 13, 2017 hide their faces inside the lockup jail. (Photos courtesy of RMN-Iloilo)

IF POLICE are becoming emboldened and ingenious in the fight against illegal drugs, so, too, are drug personalities.

“But whatever their modus operandi, we would try to make sure that we are one step ahead of them,” said Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag, Western Visayas police director.

Binag issued the statement amid reports that drug pushers and users are now employing mobile drug dens.

Anti-narcotics police operatives noted that pushers opted to “mobile selling” of illegal drugs and even allowed pot sessions inside their vehicles.

“Kahit na anumang pamamaraan meron sila, I’m sure our policemen would still be able to catch them,” Binag said.

A case in point is the arrest of 12 persons, including a City Hall worker, who allegedly joined a pot session inside a van afternoon of Sept. 14, 2017.

Members of the PNP Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 6 (RDEU-6) and Arevalo Police Station arrested the suspects inside a van along Circumferential Road in Barangay San Jose, Arevalo district.

According to Senior Inspector Kenneth Bermejo, they caught some of the suspects while sniffing shabu or crystal meth.

Bermejo said among those arrested was Hamlin Querubin, 40, the subject of the operation and a resident of Barangay Fundidor, Molo.

Police also collared:

-Noe Dañocup, 36, of Alta Tierra Village, Jaro, Iloilo City;

-Loreto Alison, 38, of Barangay Cadingli-an, Oton, Iloilo; Chino Olivares, 29, of Poblacion East, Oton;

-Troy Lacson, 27, of Zarraga, Iloilo;

-Paolo Gonzales, 32, of Barangay Tuburan Sulbod, Zarraga;

-Giemar Ric Bachoco, 35, of Jalandoni St., Jaro;

-Noel Uy, 37, of General Hughes St., City Proper, Iloilo City;

-Maria Georgina Therese Rosales, 30, of Rizal St., La Paz, Iloilo City;

-Jessie Rey Cantana, 38, of Jaro district; and

-couple Maria Salvacion Juanga, 41, and Rodolfo Juanga, 46, of Barangay Pandan, Dingle, Iloilo.

Recovered from the suspects were 14 sachets of suspected shabu and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Querubin is allegedly a scion of a businessman who is into the transport business while Uy is the son of a village official and a job hire at the City Hall under the Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force.

Salvacion Juanga is believed to be into the illegal drug trade while her husband, Rodolfo, is a seafarer.

“Their arrest is an indicator that our operations have been effective. That’s why, they were pushed to resort into mobile operation,” Binag said.

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