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4 large-scale dealers busted in separate Central Mindanao PDEA operations

Peace and Order • 10:45 AM Tue Feb 13, 2024
John Felix Unson
Drug dealer Nidsam Arsad Sulaiman (right, seated) shall be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (From PDEA-BARMM)

COTABATO CITY - Anti-narcotics operatives arrested three drug den operators and a dealer implicated in more than a dozen criminal cases in separate operations here and Surallah, South Cotabato on Monday.

Aileen Lovitos, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 12, said on Tuesday that they are now in custody of John Paul Adelmita Coralde, 21, Ian Lester Franilla Plantig, 20, and the 23-year-old Jefer Intendencia Caguisano, entrapped by PDEA-12 agents on Monday night.

The three suspects were immediately arrested after selling 12.3 grams of shabu, costing P83,640.00, to PDEA-12 agents in their drug den in Purok Rosas in the secluded Barangay Dajay in Surallah, South Cotabato.

“It was for the confidential information from barangay folks that we learned about their drug den operation in that area,” Lovitos said.

The PDEA-12 operation in Surallah that resulted in the arrest of Coralde, Plantig and Caguisano was preceded by the entrapment here, about four hours before, by agents of the PDEA-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao of the 49-year-old shabu dealer Nidsam Arsad Sulaiman.

Officials of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and sources in the Pagadian City Police Office in Region 9 confirmed on Tuesday that Sulaiman hails from Barangay Benuatan in Dinas in Zamboanga del Sur province, where different local courts want him for motorcycle theft, armed robbery, extortion and drug trafficking.

PDEA-BARMM director Gil Cesario Castro told reporters on Tuesday that non-uniformed PDEA-BARMM agents had confiscated from Sulaiman 50 grams of shabu that he sold to them for P340,000 in a tradeoff along Jose Lim Sr. Street in Barangay Poblacion 5 in this city.

Castro said Sulaiman is now locked in the detention facility here of PDEA-BARMM, awaiting prosecution.


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