Drug traders operating from rented apartments – Cebu police

Published December 2, 2018, 4:42 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Calvin Cordova

CEBU CITY – Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) chief Senior Supt. Royina Garma on Sunday renewed her call for stricter monitoring of apartments and pension houses after P41.1 million worth of shabu was seized from an apartment unit in Barangay Sambag 2 here.

(photo courtesy of Cebu City Police Office facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
(photo courtesy of Cebu City Police Office facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Garma said drug dealers and pushers are now renting apartments to pack illegal drugs.
“They think that it will be hard for the police to track them down if they do their transactions in apartments,” said Garma.

At around 10 p.m. last Friday, operatives from the Guadalupe police station arrested Michael Carabaña, who is considered a high-value target.

Carabaña was arrested after he allegedly agreed to sell shabu worth P12,000 to an undercover agent.

Police also arrested Carabana’s alleged cohorts were caught repacking shabu in the apartment.

They were identified as Agustine Quijano, 34; Arnold Arquiza, 37 and Jemuel Enrile, 24.

Packs of suspected weighing 3.8 kilos were found in the apartment.

Garma earlier asked local government units to regulate the operations of apartments and boarding houses after P39 million worth of shabu was confiscated from a rented apartment unit in Barangay Tisa last November 18.

Garma suggested that in renting apartments, tenants should be required to present police clearance or any other documents that will allow the owners to check their backgrounds.