Continuous crackdown on illegal drugs stirred up the hornetâ€™s nest over the week with the biggest haul estimated at around P25 million.
A team from theÂ Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) of the Bohol Police Provincial OfficeÂ made the biggest blow on a drug ring haunting Bohol with the arrest on Friday ofÂ a suspected shabu queen identified as one Maida Quimson-Jabines.
The PIB team swooped down a residence nearÂ near the Dagohoy Lodge Masonic CemeteryÂ at J.A. Clarin St. in barangay Cogon, Tagbilaran City where Jabines was staying, at around 4:40 pm on Aprl 22, which resulted to the confiscation of at least 2.9 kilos of shabu.
The cops arrestedÂ Jabines, who hails from barangay Poblacion in Sierra-Bullones, along with the owner of the house identified as one was James Bongalos and two other men during the raid.
The ten-man raiding team led by PIB Chief, Police Superintendent Jeffrey Caballes, and PIB deputy chief, Police Senior Inspector Jojit ManangquilÂ conducted the raid based on aÂ search warrant issued by Executive Judge Suceso Arcamo of the Regional Trial Court Branch 47.
Police provincial director, Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin, also personally supervised the operation.
From Maida Jabines, the raiding team confiscated a big pack, nine medium-size packs, and a smaller pack containing shabu estimated to weigh 2.2 kilos;Â one digital weighing scale,Â anÂ improvised metal sealer,Â two pairs of scissors, a transparent plastic box, one roll of aluminum tin foil, four disposable lighter,Â a steel safety vault, and a Toyota Fortuner SUV with plate number ZEC 843.
One of the arrested persons turned out to be her nephew, Daryl Louie Quimson, who yielded an unregistered Black Widow 9mm revolver, five live ammunitions of 9mm and a medium-size pack of shabu with estimated weight of 25 grams.
The owner of the house, Bongalos, yielded a KG9 submachine gun bearing the serial number 121034 with a magazine loaded with five 9mm live ammunitions, and a medium-size pack of shabu with estimated weight of 25 grams.
Also arrested were a certain Ruel Vitor, who yielded an unregistered caliber 22 pistol, a caliber 22 steel magazine with three live ammunitions; and a certain Rosulo Pamaong Jr. who yielded a caliber 38 revolver with serial number 777481, three live ammunitions and one medium pack of shabu estimated to weigh 25 grams.
All the packs of shabu confiscated during the raid were estimated to weigh a total of 2.275 kilos with estimated value of around P25.9 million.
The bulk of the shabu haul was found in the room of Jabines placed inside a safety deposit box.
Jabines has reportedly been separated from her husband who is a seaman and her two daughters who are residing in Denmark.
According to Bongalos, Jabines has been renting a room in his house for two weeks yet, bringing along two vehicles—a black Toyota Fortuner and a brilliant silver Nissan Navarra pick-up truck for registration.
A motorcycle enthusiast, Bongolas runs a motorcycle shop believed to have been used as a front for their illegal drugs trade.
The five suspects are now detained at the Camp Dagohoy detention facilities, awaiting formal charges for violation of RA 9165 and illegal possession of firearms.
It also turned out that a separate search warrant had been issued against Quimson, Jabinesâ€™ nephew.
At around 1pm that afternoon in Sierra-Bullones, a composite team of elements of the Municipal Police Station led by Inspector Geronimo Conarco, and elements of the Regional Public Safety Batalion-1st Maneuver Company led by Senior Inspector Derick Dura went to Quimsonâ€™s residence in the sub-village of Concepcion in barangay Poblacion to implement the search warrant.
However, Quimson had already fled to Tagbilaran by that time.
The cops proceeded with the raid which resulted to the confiscation of 16 small heat-sealed plastic sachets shabu, one medium-size heat-sealed plastic sachet containing shabu, a matchbox, three live ammunitions of unknown caliber, three empty shells of unidentified caliber, a live ammunition of caliber .38, a caliber .38 revolver, a black leather wallet, and a pack of assorted drug paraphernalia.
The raid was conducted in the presence of representatives of the media, DOJ, and elected barangay officials.
According to investigators, Quimson must have noticed the arrival of the cops and hurriedly left the house onboard his motorcycle, and headed to Tagbilaran where he was arrested in a raid.
P1.2-M SHABU SEIZED IN
In buy-bust operation at around 1:50 p.m. yesterday, the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG), led by SPO4 Yolando Bagotchay, arrested another drug personality identified as one Michael Carnice.
Bagotchayâ€™s team, under the supervision of City Chief of Police George Vale, confiscated a volume of shabu placed in a big pack, 12 medium-size pack, 19 sachets from Carnice, in addition to the sachet of shabu he handed to the poseur-buyer in exchange of P1,000 during the buy-bust.
The cops also confiscated one big cellophane sachet containing Marijuana leaves from Carnice during the buy-bust operation conducted at Upper Calceta in barangay Cogon.
Authorities estimated the total weight of confiscated packs of shabu at 180 grams with estimated value at P1.2 million.
Also arrested during the operation was one Benjie Ybanez for allegedly maintaining a drug den, and other persons who had reportedly visited the drug den—Edwin Udtohan, Dominador Bagohin, Joselito Dagami, Vergil Alibano, Jovane Gonato, Michael Burato, Renato Ansano, David Loretiro, Renante Gapio, Jojo Husain, Noel Burato, Charlie Anu.
TEACHER IN LOBOC
NABBED FOR DRUGS
A 38-year-old public school teacher identified as Eladio Gonzaga was arrested by a team from the Loboc Municipal Police Station during a buy-bust operation at around 10:30 p.m. on April 22 near his house in barangay Calunasan Norte.
The police team, led by Inspector Sam Dacullo, caught Gonzaga handing one sachet of shabu to the poseur-buyer.
The cops placed the sachet of shabu that Gonzaga has handed and the 500-peso bill that served as marked money recovered from him in the inventory.
When frisked, Gonzaga further yielded one small more sachet of shabu, a black flashlight, and the Honda Wave motorcycle bearing the plate number GA 17904 he used during the transaction.
The operation was conducted in the presence of Barangay Kagawad Antonio Sanchez Jr., Barangay Kagawad Samuel Candog of Calunasan Norte; and representatives of the DOJ, and the media.
Gonzaga was temporarily detained at the lock-up jail of Loboc Police Station.