Tuesday Nov, 19 2019 08:28:11 AM

P6.8-M shabu seized, 4 suspects nabbed in PDEA-BARMM anti-drug ops

Local News • 09:45 AM Sun Jul 7, 2019
Noel Y. Punzalan/PNA
The prohibited drugs and fake money seized during anti-drug ops in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato. (PDEA-BARMM photo)

COTABATO CITY  – Anti-narcotic operatives on Saturday arrested four drug suspects in separate anti-drug operations here and in nearby Cotabato province.

Director Juvenal Azurin of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM), said the twin operations led to the recovery of about P6.8 million worth of suspected shabu.

Three persons, a man and two women, were nabbed during drug buy bust operation inside the compound of a government hospital and the recovery of 500 grams of shabu with a market value of P3.4 million worth.

Nabbed during the 11:30 a.m. buy bust inside the parking lot of Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) were Mogia Medzil, Norma Mamalangkas, and Paula Bayao. Recovered from them were 10 jumbo-sized sachets that contained shabu.

A PDEA poseur buyer had a deal with the two women suspects inside the hospital grounds.  They were arrested as soon as they handed over the stuff to a buyer.

At about 6 p.m., PDEA agents had conducted separate anti-drug operation in Barangay South Manuangan, Pigcawayan that led to the arrest of Nards Atis, a PDEA high value target.

Azurin said seized from Atis were huge sachets that contained 500 grams of suspected shabu estimated to cost P3.4 million.

“Atis is our high value target, we placed him under surveillance for several days,” Azurin said in a radio interview.

Atis, Azurin said, has been supplying prohibited drugs to his clients in Cotabato City, North Cotabato and Maguindanao.

All suspects are now detained at the PDEA custodial facility here while charges for violation of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) are being prepared against them. (EOF)

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