TWENTY-TWO suspected drug personalities including a former militiaman and a city hall employee were arrested in a string of anti-narcotics operations conducted by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency this week, PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña announced yesterday.
The official said Dimas Dindo, a 45-year-old former member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit assigned with the Army’s 38th Infantry Battalion in Maguindanao and his cohort Tho Talipasan, 32, were arrested in a buy-bust operation last Wednesday conducted by members of the PDEA Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the local police in Purok 4, Poblacion Dalican in Datu Odin Sinsuat town.
Seized from the suspects were around a gram of shabu and the marked money paid to them by the undercover officer.
In Dapitan City, 36-year-old local city hall employee Christopher Ig Agao alias ‘Kid,’ and Magno Pampilo Jr.,45, were arrested in a sting last Tuesday. Recovered from the duo’s possession were two heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around P5,000 worth of shabu, the marked money, a caliber .380 pistol with five live ammunition, assorted drug paraphernalia and a motorcycle they used in delivering the drugs.
In Bacnotan, La Union, PDEA Region 1 operatives arrested Ronald Sining, 38, during a raid on his house in Bgy. Bitalag which yielded five sachets containing around P6,000 worth of shabu. The suspect was tagged as a member of the Orankaya Drug Group operating in the province.
Another suspect named Heron Iñigo, 28, was arrested in a sting in Bgy. San Pedro, Candon City in Ilocos Sur while Lawrence Mariano, 41, was apprehended during an entrapment operation in Marzan Village in Bgy. San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
Iñigo was described as a member of the Jobo Drug Group operating in Ilocos Sur. Recovered from his possession was a sachet of shabu while Mariano yielded some P500 worth of the same drug.
In Maguindanao, three men included in the government watch list and their three cohorts were arrested during a drug raid in Bgy. Brar in Datu Anggal Midtimbang town last Wednesday.
Lapeña identified the drug suspects as Abdulkader Guiamilon alias ‘Kads,’ 36; Norbayan Guiamilon, alias ‘Biny,’ 35; and Amoraham Bago, 30, while their accomplices were named as Biton Kadat, 25; Salimbal Guiamelon, 28; and Baidido Alimao, 33.
The six were arrested after agents recovered around 30 grams of shabu worth P150,000 inside their residence in Bgy. Brar.
In Baguio City, PDEA operatives arrested Ginno Manolo Banta, 26, a resident of Fatima Street in Aurora Hills believed to be a member of the Sadeek Drug Group operating in the city and nearby provinces during an entrapment operation last Tuesday evening. Recovered from the suspect’s possession was some P1,500 worth of shabu.
In Zamboanga City, PDEA agents arrested a female drug den operator, a wanted drug dealer and seven of their customers during a raid last Monday.