Man killed, 4 others nabbed in Cebu anti-illegal drugs ops

Published July 21, 2020, 1:49 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—A 30-year-old man was killed, while four other persons were arrested in two separate anti-illegal drug operations.

In Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City, Welmer Mahilum was killed after he allegedly fought back with the police past 11 p.m. Monday.

Police Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, director of the Police Regional Office Central Visayas, said Mahilum drew a firearm when he noticed that he was transacting with a policeman.

Police arrested Mahilum’s 25-year-old live-in partner Retchie Mae Florentino Nudalo, who was allegedly a cohort of the slain drug suspect in the illegal drug trade.

A .45 caliber pistol was recovered from the slain suspect, police said.

In Barangay Pakigne, Miglanilla town, police seized close to P2 million of shabu from three drug suspects.

Arrested at 4:50 a.m. yesterday were Ejing Dignos Garciano, 26, Dax Mondares Vinloan, 39, and Gregory Michael, 53.

Police said packs of suspected shabu weighing 270 grams worth at least P1.8 million were seized from the three men.

“In the past 24 hours, we had a good accomplishment. We are still conducting an investigation to determine what particular group the suspects. These are big amounts of illegal drugs being proliferated in Minglanilla,” said Ferro.

Ferro said detained drug lords may have taken advantage of the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to continue their illegal drug activities.

“These detained drug dealers can still transact using cell phones,” said Ferro.

Ferro said the use of cell phones in jails can be prevented through greyhound operations, but these measure has been temporarily stopped due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

“We will ask our jail officials to come up with a more aggressive way of preventing the use of cell phones in lock-up cells,” said Ferro.