COTABATO CITY (PNA) — Nine persons were arrested in two separate anti-drug raids in Kabacan, North Cotabato before dawn Friday, police said.
Senior Inspector Ronnie Cordero, Kabacan town police chief, said nine search warrants were served against the suspects along Bonifacio Street, Poblacion Kabacan, which led to the recovery of 10 grams of suspected shabu.
Arrested during the 5 a.m. raid in Barangay Poblacion were Jemuel Magunsya, Naisa Guerrero, Ruel Iaz, Perla Guerrero, Toto Pidtamanan and Marry Grace Guerrero.
Joint elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-12), Kabacan police and the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion conducted the raid after the suspects were confirmed to be present in the area, based on the information provided by an insider.
Cordero said a raiding team also conducted a separate anti-drug operation in the village of Kayaga, also in Kabacan, that led to the arrest of Edgardo Bacana, his son Morphi and daughter Maylex, who are all in the PDEA drug watch list.
Recovered during the 7 a.m. raid in Kayaga were two cal. 45 pistols, 13 sachets of suspected shabu amounting to P75,000 and a motorbike believed to be carnapped.
“There was no resistance on the part of the suspects and a bloody encounter was avoided,” Cordero told reporters.
“They were high value targets,” he said, adding that appropriate charges will be filed against the suspects.
Cordero said Kabacan remained as the transhipment point of prohibited drugs from Cotabato City, Cagayan de Oro City, Bukidnon and Maguin-danao.
Today’s raid came a week after law enforcers raided a drug den in Purok Islam, Barangay Poblacion, which led to the arrest of 10 drug suspects and the confiscation of more than P1 million worth of shabu.