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BIFF member arrested in drug bust – PDEA

/ 02:01 PM February 20, 2014

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–‎An alleged drug pusher who is reportedly an active member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has been arrested by anti-narcotics agents in Cagayan de Oro City.

Noel Bayagna, a target-listed drug personality and alleged Bangsamoro enlisted personnel, was caught Tuesday by the agents of the regional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency during a buy bust operation in Iponan town, officials said.

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Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., PDEA Director General, ‎said Thursday in that Bayagna, 23, was a “high-value target drug personality in the province of Misamis Oriental.”

“According to information, he is an alleged active member of the Bangsamoro,” said Cacdac in a statement.

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‎A breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Fronts, the BIFF is a Muslim secessionist group seeking an independent Islamic state in the Philippines.

In a buy bust operation of PDEA Misamis Oriental regional office, the drug peddler fell for the bait after selling to a poser-buyer one sachet of suspected shabu or metamphetamine hydrochloride.

The transaction and arrest took place on ‎Julio Pacana Street in Licoan town around 6 p.m. Monday.

Bayagna, according to PDEA, is a resident of Block 10, Lot 10, Bloomingdale Subdivision, Iponan, Cagayan de Oro

Confiscated from Bayagna were two pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet and a P500 bill used as marked money during the operation‎.

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TAGS: Arturo Cacdac Jr., Bangsamoro, buy bust operation, Cagayan de Oro, Drugs, Iponan, metamphetamine hydrochloride, Misamis Oriental, Narcotics, Noel Bayagna, PDEA, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, shabu
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