MOVE over boys.
Women seem to have made their niche in the perennially male-dominated world of illegal drug trade.
Even the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) has noticed that a good number of women have been arrested for illegal drugs peddling lately.
From March 1 (the start of the Project Double Barrel Reloaded) to May 9, 2017, police in Western Visayas have arrested 190 persons for drug dealing.
The number includes 34 are women or almost 18 percent of the total arrests.
“Before, it’s seldom that we could catch women into illegal drug pushing. Usually, they were arrested if they collude with their partners or husbands,” said Superintendent Gilbert Gorero, PRO-6 spokesperson.
But aside from a good number of arrested women pushers, police operatives have also noted how bold they were in selling drugs.
“The big volume of shabu we recently recovered was from women pushers,” Gorero said.
He theorized that employing women in illegal drug deals could be a strategy of some drug lords.
“With women, there are a few technicalities involved. Male anti-narcotics operatives could not just frisked them, as they might be accused of harassment,” Gorero said.
There is also this impression that women are less likely to commit crimes than men, he added.
“Recently, we tapped policewomen to be part of our drug enforcement units,” Gorero said.
On April 30, three women were arrested in two separate but related anti-illegal drug operations in Iloilo City.
The value of suspected shabu seized from suspects Jennie Bee Goriona, Vivian Sian, and Susan Sobrepeña was estimated at P2.6 million.
Goriona, 37, of Barangay Mabolo-Delgado, Iloilo City, and Sian, 37, of Puerto Real Subdivision, Barangay Gustilo, La Paz, Iloilo City were arrested in a buy-bust operation at Jaro, Iloilo City.
The two were arrested after selling a sachet of suspected shabu for P5,200 to an undercover police.
When later frisked, the suspects yielded additional 28 sachets of suspected shabu.
Shabu seized from Goriona and Sian was valued at P1.1 million, more or less.
Several hours later, Sobrepeña, 28, of Barangay Sto. Rosario, San Miguel, Iloilo, was arrested in Molo district.
She allegedly sold a sachet of suspected shabu for P15,000 to a police poseur-buyer.
Sobrepeña also yielded 51 more sachets of suspected shabu after her arrest. Given its volume, the street value was estimated at P1.5 million.
On May 6, another Oplan Tokhang surrenderer was arrested in a buy-bust operation at Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.
The suspect, 42-year old Josefina Doctora of Ilaya Poblacion, Barotac Nuevo, was arrested at Tabucan village after handing a sachet of suspected shabu worth P500 to a police poseur-buyer.
On May 7, two elderly women were arrested in separate operations.
Pilar Selorio, 71, a resident Barangay Magancina, Sta. Barbara town was arrested at Poblacion Ilauod village, Zarraga, Iloilo.
Members of the PNP Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU), together with Zarraga Police Station, collared Selorio after she handed a sachet of suspected shabu worth P1,000 to an undercover agent.
Police later seized from Selorio four more sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of P43,000 and a mobile phone.
Hours later, police also arrested Milalyn Reposar, 50, of Jaro, Iloilo City for possessing eight sachets of suspected shabu.