Bodegero, cohort arrested after drug trafficking in front of the chapel

A 32-YEAR-OLD bodegero and his cohort were arrested for allegedly selling drugs outside a chapel in Barangay Lagtang, Talisay City, Cebu on Saturday morning July 9, 2022.

Lt. Elwood Ebona, head of the Talisay Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit, identified the suspects as Ariel Contado and Janine May Torres, residents of Sitio Upper Pailob, Barangay Sambag II, Cebu City.

Ebona said it carried out the takeover operation in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Central Visayas.

The suspects have been the subject of several reports due to their involvement in drug trafficking.

Contado and Torres were caught around 3:33 a.m. in their homes.

The suspects recovered 20 plastic bags of shabu weighing 200 grams with a standard drug price of 680,000 pesos, 100 pesos marked in silver, 510 pesos in cash believed to be the proceeds of illegal trade in drugs and paraphernalia drug.

Ebona said the buy-bust deal was about Oplan Limpyo Talisay and Synchronized Enhanced Police Operations Management / Synchronized Anti-Crime Law Enforcement Operations.

Contado was listed as a high value individual while Torres was listed as a street level individual.

Contado and Torres allegedly sold drugs in Tisa, Labangon, in the region of A. Lopez in Cebu City and Lagrange, Talisay City, where they could get rid of 100 grams of shabu every week.

Ebona said the drugs came from a certain “Mark Anthony”, who was being held in Cebu City jail.

In 2016, Contado was arrested by the police for drug trafficking, but he took advantage of a plea bargain and was released from prison in 2017.

The suspects will be charged with violating Republic Law 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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