COTABATO CITY — Joint police, Army and anti-narcotics agents missed a wanted person engaged in illegal drug peddling but arrested his companion during an anti-drug operation in Datu Abdullah Sangki in Maguindanao Sunday night.
Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, Maguindanao police director, said the arrest of Ebrahim Abdullah brought to 16 the number of drug personalities arrested in the past 48 hours in the province.
Tello said elements of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDE-Armm), backed by Maguindanao police and elements of 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion first conducted drug buy bust in the house of Abubakar Katua Emblawa alias Jimmy Emblawa in Barangay Talisawa, Datu Abdullah Sangki at around 6 p.m.
But the primary object of search warrant sensed he was dealing with a police poseur buyer and decided to escape from his house.
The raiding team, Tello said, search Emblawa’s house where several sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, known as shabu, were recovered, including Abdulla, a drug peddler included in the police drug watchlist.
The police found Abdulla in possession of 9mm submachinegun with bullets, a 9mm cal. Pistol, a .45 cal. Pistol, cal. 30 spring field rifle and ammunition.
A day earlier, government forces arrested a village and seven of his henchmen, seized illegal drugs and explosives during anti-drug operations in Gen. SK Pendatun, Maguindanao.
Seven other persons in illegal drug trade were also arrested by Maguindanao PNP and PDEA-ARMM in Parang town, also in Maguindanao.
Tello said Datumama Bantuan Abdul, incumbent village chair of Barangay Midconding in General S.K. Pendatun town, was arrested during a pre-dawn raid. Also arrested were seven of his followers.
Tello said the suspects will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Republic Act 10591 for keeping illegal drugs and fragmentation grenades.
Citing intelligence information, Tello said Abdul, a second term village chairperson and head of his village anti-drug council, had been using his home as distribution area for methamphetamine hydrochloride, more known as shabu for his clients, mostly his village mates.
Tello also said among his clients were members of outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and local drug users from nearby towns.
In Parang, Maguindanao, police arrested during anti-drug raid in Barangays Poblacion Uno and Poblacion Dos seven drug personalities Friday noon.
Chief Inspector Erwin Tabora, Parang town police chief, identified the suspects as Marivic Dapogo, 41; May Uson, 22; Tricia de Guzman, 24; Jobert Sanchez, 25; Randy Pajarillo, 25; Leonie Bolleado, 34 and Christine Cabangbang, 20, all residents of Barangay Poblacion 1.
Police seized P1,500 cash, several sachets of shabu and drug paraphernalia from the suspects who re now detained at Parang lock up cell.
Charges for violation of RA 9165 are being prepared against them. EOF/PNA