December 09, 2013 03:27 AM
By: Jennifer Ponsaran-Rendon and FAL Angelo
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) confirmed that one of the Barcebas brothers, whose house police raided for illegal firearms, is in their watchlist of suspected drug personalities.
On Saturday, the Intelligence Section and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) stormed the house of Jhelon, Jorge Jr.and Jaylord Barcebasat Brgy. Zamora Melliza, City Proper.
PDEA director Paul Ledesma confirmed that all three brothers are on their watchlist and have been under surveillance for some time for alleged illegal drug peddling.
The ICPO mounted the raid following reports that the brothers were keeping assorted firearms and were into the illegal drug trade.
Armed with a search warrant, the raiding team first barged into the room of 24-year-old Jhelon where they recovered a 12-gauge shotgun, a caliber .22 revolver, a KG9 machine pistol, assorted firearm ammunition, digital weighing scale, suspected drug paraphernalia and three closed-circuit television cameras and a monitor.
Chief Insp. Ipil Dueñas, chief of ICPO-Intelligence Section, said that they took from the room of Jorge three hand grenades, assorted ammunition, and drug paraphernalia.
A caliber .45 pistol and a holster and five big and elongated plastic sachets of suspected shabu were seized in Jaylord’s room.
But Jhelon and Jorge were not present during the raid while Jaylord was arrested while hiding in the house’s ceiling.
Also arrested along with Jaylord were Raymar Causing of Anilao, Iloilo; Arnold Lance Llauderes of Molo district here; and a certain Genevieve of Guimaras.They were present at the Barcebas residence when the raid was made.
Aside from illegal drugs, Dueñas said that there are reports linking the Barcebas brothers to the killing of a neighbor, Fernando “Paco” Defensor, who is believed to have tipped the police of their alleged illegal drug activities.
Last November 12, PDEA agents busted Jocelyn Barcebas Tiope, and her husband Alan Tiope inside their house at Brgy. Zamora-Melliza, Dela Rama Street, Iloilo City.
Several neighbors also complained that the brothers for threatening them and indiscriminately firing their guns.
Aside from drugs and guns, the raiding team also recovered an identification card bearing the name of Police Officer 1 Andy Aspero.
But Aspera, it was learned, was already dismissed from the service.
Meanwhile, Jaylord vehemently denied that the seized guns, ammunition and illegal drugs were recovered inside his room.
He said that he uses drugs but denied peddling it.