Police scored anew in the hunt for â€œbig-time runnersâ€ of illegal drugs, clinching a haul of shabu with estimated value of P177,000 in yesterdayâ€™s early morning raid in barangay Danao, Panglao.
Panglao chief of police, Senior Inspector Joemar Pomarejos, identified the subject of the raid as one William Tecson.
However, Tecson saw the police team coming through the CCTV camera and managed to flee, leaving behind three companions.
The police team arrived at around 6:15 a.m. morning yesterday and proceeded with the raid based on a search warrant issued byÂ Vice Executive Presiding Judge Leo Moises Lison of the Regional Trial Court-Branch 3 in Tagbilaran City.
The raiding team arrestedÂ the three men found inside Tecsonâ€™s house–Epri Fuentes, 32, Elmer Buntag, 22, and Candelario Horcerada, 24â€”all residents of barangay Tawala, Panglao
Each caught in possession of a sachet of suspected shabu.
Three large packs of suspected shabu was also found inside a room in the house, and a caliber .22 firearm.
All the packs of shabu had been estimated to weigh 15 grams.
Tecsonâ€™s wife witnessed the search and inventory of the items during the operation, together with barangay officials and a representative of the media.
According to Pomarejos, Tecson had been their watchlist of alleged big-time drug pushers and the three men found inside his house were believed to be his runners.
Earlier, at around 2 a.m. yesterday in Loboc, the police arrested another suspected drug personality during a raid in his house in Poblacion Sawang.
Loboc chief of police, Inspector Joseph Lopena, identified the arrested person as one Arnel Fernandez, single, and a resident of Poblacion Sawang.
The police teamÂ seized five sachets containing crystalline substance believed to be shabu, several drug paraphernalia and cash amounting to P200.
The raid was also based on a search warrant issued by theÂ Judge Lison.
The police team also noted the CCTV camera installed in the house, but Fernandez must have failed to monitor it.
Lopena said Fernandez had been in their watchlist of alleged drug personalities and had been placed under surveillance for his alleged illegal drugs trade operating in Loboc.