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Big volume of shabu seized in latest PDEA Maguindanao bust

Breaking News • 10:45 AM Wed Jun 19, 2019
John M. Unson
The shabu seized from Sahid Talib shall be used as evidence in court against him. (PDEA-BARMM photo) 

MAGUINDANAO --- Authorities seized P6.8 million worth of shabu from a dealer Tuesday, just a week after three women employing children as drug couriers got busted in Cotabato City.

Juvenal Azurin, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said Wednesday they are now in custody of Sahid Talib, who fell in an entrapment at past 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the town proper of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

The operation that led to his arrest and confiscation of P6.8 million worth shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) from him was assisted by units of the Maguindanao provincial police and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-BARMM.

Azurin said Talib was arrested in the act of turning over a kilo of shabu to plainclothes PDEA agents.

His arrest was preceded by the fall last week in Cotabato City of three women involved in large scale trafficking of shabu in a sting laid jointly by the PDEA-BARMM, the police and the Army’s 5th Special Forces Battalion.

PDEA-BARMM agents who entrapped Raihana Macalimpas and her cohorts Dacel Duloan and Malvina Doluan got P1.3 million worth of shabu from them.

Azurin immediately turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development the four children tagging along when they were arrested while dealing with buyers disguised as drug dependents.

The suspects have long been employing children in distributing shabu to their contacts to avoid detection, according to police and Army intelligence officials who helped the PDEA-BAMM track them down.

“There were vigilant people, some related to them, who provided us information on their activities that hastened their arrest,” Azurin said.

The spouse of Macalimpas, Mohammad, has been in jail since 2017, being prosecuted for large-scale peddling of shabu.

Azurin said he is grateful to the CIDG-BARMM the National Bureau of Investigation, the Cotabato City police and the Army’s 5th Special Forces Battalion for supporting their operation that led to the arrest of Macalimpas and her accomplices.

The PDEA and CIDG-BARMM have partnered many in many successful high-profile operations in Cotabato City, in Maguindanao and in Lanao del Sur in recent months.

“The three women are now detained in our office, to be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165,” Azurin said.

The RA 9165 is also known as the Philippine Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.


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