PDEA-ARMM files charges vs 17 men caught in illegal drug trade

October 7, 2015 10:09 am 

COTABATO CITY, Oct. 6 — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on Tuesday filed charges for violations of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and illegal possession of guns against 17 persons while anti-narcotics agents continued illegal drug buy bust operations in North Cotabato.

Jeffrey Tacio, PDEA-ARMM regional director, said charges sheet have been forwarded to the Cotabato City prosecutors office against 17 men, two of whom were known big time suppliers of prohibited substance in the city.

"We will continue to dismantle illegal drug dens and neutralize drug pushers, peddlers and users," Tacio told reporters.

Over the weekend, PDEA agents, backed by 5th Army Special Battalion soldiers, arrested 15 persons during a drug raid on three illegal drug dens, also known as "shabu tiangge" along Jose Lim Street, Cotabato City.

More than Php80,000 worth of "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and cash were taken from the suspects, led by Boy Ibrahim, a known drug dealer in the city. A cal. 45 pistol was taken from him.

The raid along Jose Lim Street was followed by another drug buy bust along Pansacala Street which led to the arrest of seven persons, including a certain "Mac," a known drug pusher, and the recovery of 30 sachets of shabu and cal. 45 pistol.

In Kidapawan City, PDEA-ARMM agents arrested a certain Melvin Suanillo, 41 during a drug buy bust in Barangay Onica on Monday.

Authorities recovered 30 packs of shabu from Suanillo.

In nearby Makilala town in North Cotabato, police and anti-narcotics operatives arrested two men caught while peddling illegal drugs along the national highway on Monday.

Arrested were Panfilo Timbobolan Catapang alias “Ondoy”, 53 years old, a farmer; and Rosito Bustamante Ex, 41 years old, a multicab driver. Both are residents of Poblacion, Makilala.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 have been prepared against them. (PNA)

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