Two women were arrested on separate occasions, sending signals more females are getting into the fixture of drug trafficking in the province.
An alleged big-time drug pusher, who is reportedly sourcing her stuff from Cebu City was arrested on Tuesday by operatives of the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) after conducting a drug buy-bust operation.
Police reportedly seized about P225, 000 worth of suspected shabu from Ma. Theresa Cepeda, 29, of barangay Dampas. She was arrested along with her live-in partner identified as Christian Celeregia, 18.
A drug suspect who was arrested by the Provincial Intelligence Branch during the Holy Week, Jasmin Suico, allegedly pointed to Cepeda as the one who supplies her drugs.
It was learned the drugs are being smuggled into Bohol allegedly via commercial vessels. Suico was arrested earlier by operatives of the BPPO PIB together with an alleged cohort identified as Jovenal Remolador, who used to be an overseas Filipino worker. About P300,000 worth of alleged shabu was recovered from Suico.
Also on Tuesday, another woman was arrested by operatives of the Tagbilaran Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) in barangay Mansasa after a buy-bust operation.
Police said they arrested Rowena Intingalyas Madam, 35, of purok 4, sitio Katipunan, barangay Mansasa.
She was listed in the drug list of the city police force.
Police seized suspected shabu from the suspect weighing about two grams with a Dangerous Drugs Board value of about P30,000.
A follow-up report from the police said charges had been filed against Inting after the crime laboratory ascertained the suspected drugs recovered were indeed shabu.
MORE WOMEN GETTING LINKED TO DRUGS
With the recent arrest of so-called “big time” women drug suspects, authorities are raising the red flag of women getting into the drug trade.
The recent arrests only bolstered the alarm expressed by authorities about women allegedly getting involved in drug trafficking.
Back in September 2016, a Tribune source said the involvement of women in the drug trade could be a serious indication of a paradigm shift.
“Kasagaran sa mga laki nga pusher nadakop ug napatay na,” (Most of the male pushers are already arrested or have been killed) a Camp Dagohoy source who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Bohol Tribune last year, “mao nga posible nga mga babaye na ang gigamit sa pagtulak sa druga karon.” (It is possible; women are being used to push drugs nowadays)
Back then, Ubay police, led by Sr. Insp. Ronald Lavisto arrested a 31-year-old female drug suspect identified as as Elsie Magallanes.
Police said Magallanes, single and a native of Poblacion Norte, Carmen, Bohol, was arrested during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Fatima, Ubay, Bohol.
Police identified the suspects as Richie Jamilo Tutor, Queennie Balabat Casiñas, and Maryjoy Lugto Arelleno, all arrested in Tagbilaran City.
Another suspect, Claudia Jane Hapay Castaño, eluded police arrest, but Olaivar said police have filed drug charges against Castaño.
Getafe police also arrested female drug suspectson August 30 and 29, 2016.
Police identified the suspects as DiosdadaOcaba Torrejos, who was arrested during a buy-bust operation, and Ma. Sayonara Salazar Baguio, a drug surrenderee, also of Getafe town.
In recent memory, a team led by former Bohol police provincial director Sr. Supt. Dennis Agustin arrested alleged Bohol’s drug queen Maida Quimson Jabines.
Seized from Jabines were packs of shabu worth at least P25 million, the biggest drug haul in the history of Bohol police’s anti-drug operation.
On July 10, 2016, a drug queen identified as Alma Arcales Sabejon, alias Madame, 42, and a resident of sitioLagsing, barangay Bacani, Clarin, Bohol was gunned down by still unidentified suspects.
On Sept. 5, 2014, in a KTV bar, a drug queen was shot dead by two riding-in-tandem assassins while the victim was walking along CPG Avenue, in front of Bohol Island State University (BISU).
Police identified the victim as Aliwayway Gader Solis, reportedly a native of barangay De Oro, Tabon-tabon, Butuan City. (Dave Albarado)