PDEA-BARMM busts 4 suspects, seizes P6.8 M shabu
COTABATO CITY – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) operatives seized P6.8 million worth of shabu and arrested four suspects in separate operations here and Cotabato province on Saturday.
Juvenal Azurin, PDEA-BARMM director, said the operations resulted in the confiscation of a kilo of shabu (crystal meth) with an estimated street value of P6.8 million and the arrest of a high value target and three female drug suspects.
Azurin said the first operation was carried out before noon in a government hospital compound, where Mogia Medzil, Norma Mamalangkas and Paula Bayao were busted.
They yielded 500 grams of shabu with a market value of P3.4 million.
At around 6p.m., PDEA agents conducted a buy-bust operation in Barangay South Manuangan in Pigcawayan, Cotabato province, where Nards Atis, a PDEA high value target, was arrested.
Recovered from Atis were another 500 grams of shabu.
“Atis is our high value target. We placed him under surveillance for several days,” Azurin said in a radio interview.
Atis had been supplying prohibited drugs to clients in Cotabato City, North Cotabato and Maguindanao, Azurin said.
The arrested suspects are detained at the PDEA custodial facility in Cotabato City.
They will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Editor: Gilbert S. Gaviola)
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