A suspect was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Talisay City, Negros Occidental at 10:20 pm on Tuesday. Police have identified the suspect as Joven Catipay, 44, a resident of San Fernando, Cebu. The operation yielded PHP800,000 worth of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth).
Catipay was arrested when he sold a sachet of shabu to a poseur-buyer for PHP500 through an operation in Barangay Efigenio Lizares. Talisay City police, led by Insp. Joevel Niturada quickly apprehended Catipay.
In a radio interview following the arrest, Supt. Boots Aseo, the city police officer-in-charge, said that the suspect is being considered as a newly-identified drug personality, rather than a long time one. Catipay had only moved to Talisay a few months prior.
Once detained at a police station, Catipay was found to be in possession of three sachets of suspected shabu, one large and two of medium size. He was also found carrying PHP 1,000 cash, a mobile phone, and other personal effects.
Inventory of the seized illegal drugs was witnessed by barangay council members Ramon Reyes and Christine Panes, reports the city police.
The buy-bust operation which led to Catipay’s arrest was conducted one day after joint police teams arrested another drug personality Marlon Cordero, 41. Cordero was arrested inside Vermilion Pension and Dormitory located on Mabini St, Talisay City.
Cordero, a resident of Silay City, was arrested on Monday afternoon through a buy-bust operation which found him to be in possession of 10 sachets of suspected shabu. The total weight of the seized drugs was 20 grams, with an estimated value of PHP240,000.