19 arrested in Cebu anti-drug, gambling operation

Donna Lavares, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2017 05:23 PM | Updated as of Jun 22 2017 07:19 PM

CEBU - A total of 19 people were arrested in a "one time, big time" (OTBT) operation in Consolacion, Cebu on Wednesday night.

All those who were arrested were allegedly involved in illegal drugs and illegal gambling.

"The advantage of this (OTBT) is that we are now able to identify all those new players, monitor and arrest them," Police Senior Inspector Romeo Caacoy, Consolacion Police Deputy Chief, said.

Sachets of suspected shabu and several firearms were confiscated by police during the operation.

Meanwhile, in Cebu City, two other persons were also arrested by Pardo Police in a drug bust in Barangay Inayawan.

Police identified the suspects as Jen Mark Abangan and Aurencia Ababon.

According to police, Abangan was the subject of the buy-bust while Ababon was identified as the runner.

Ten grams of suspected shabu and an unlicensed firearm were confiscated from the two, police said.