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P1.7-M SHABU SEIZED, 3 ‘DRUG PEDDLERS’ NABBED



NABBED. An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency questions three persons, who were arrested for peddling illegal drugs in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Rosary Heights 3, Cotabato City on Friday (Dec. 14, 2018). Some PHP1.7-million worth of shabu was seized from them. (Photo courtesy of PRO-12)

COTABATO CITY -- Authorities arrested a man and two women for peddling illegal drugs and seized about PHP1.7-million worth of shabu during a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Rosary Heights 3 here Friday.

Their arrest came a day after lawmen arrested a big-time drug peddler that also led to the recovery of almost PHP7-million worth of shabu. 

Chief Supt. Eliseo Tam Rasco, director of Police Regional Office 12 (Soccsksargen), said the buy-bust was conducted by the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit 12 and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-ARMM).

Rasco quoted Senior Supt. Rolly Octavio, Cotabato City police director, as saying that the arrested suspects were high-value targets of the police. 

Director Juvenal Azurin, PDEA-ARMM director, identified the suspects as Alma Akmad, 28, widow and a resident of Barangay Rosary Heights 3; Vilma Tantong, 38, and her husband Basir Tantong, 42, tricycle driver, both residents of Barangay Kadingilan, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato.

Recovered during the 12-noon drug buy-bust operation were five huge sachets of shabu and buy-bust money consisting of few real PHP1,000 bills and “boodle money” (photocopies) of PHP1,000 bills. 

“They were our high-value targets,” Azurin told reporters. “Maybe they thought we will lower our guard following the arrest of a big-time drug pusher and recovery of almost PHP7-million shabu Thursday.” 

This month alone, he said, more than PHP10-million worth of prohibited stuff had been recovered in separate drug buy-bust operations in Cotabato City and its environs. 

Azurin also said that PDEA-ARMM is determining if the drugs seized in the city were part of the illegal drugs that were sneaked into the country using magnetic lifters that authorities discovered in Cavite province in Luzon. 

The PDEA-ARMM director said the three suspects belonged to a syndicate operating in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and as far as Davao City. (PNA)

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