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P34 million worth of shabu seized in Tawi-Tawi bust

Local News • 17:00 PM Tue Dec 10, 2019
John M. Unson
The three drug traffickers,  Haberson Jaafar, Elmer Jamadin and Adzfar Asali, are now detained.  (Contributed)

COTABATO CITY - Authorities seized P34 million worth of shabu from three drug traffickers who fell in an entrapment operation Tuesday in Bongao town in Tawi-Tawi.

Haberson Jaafar, Elmer Jamadin and Adzfar Asali, are now under the joint custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Bangsamoro Regional Police.

Juvenal Azurin, PDEA-BARMM director, said they are to be prosecuted for violation of Republic Act 9165, also known as the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Juvenal Azurin, director of PDEA-BARMM, said the three men were arrested in the act of selling five kilos of shabu, valued at P34 million, to plainclothes PDEA-BARMM agents.

The operation that led to the arrest of Jaafar, Jamadin and Asali was assisted by the Bongao municipal police, the Tawi-Tawi provincial police, the 9th Marine Battalion and other units of the  military’s Western Mindanao Command.

“It took our agents several days to plot and carry out the operation. We are thankful to all government units that supported this entrapment operation,” Azurin said Tuesday.

He said the arrest of the three drug dealers and the confiscation of five kilos of shabu from them is a record-setting feat for PDEA-BARMM.

“We are thankful to all vigilant people and local officials in Bongao for helping us nail them down,” Azurin said.


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