TWO more Mindanao drug personalities were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in separate anti-narcotics operations in Zamboanga del Sur and Cotabato City this week, PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino announced yesterday.
One of the suspects, identified as Arafat Maguid Kasan, 40, was arrested during a raid on his house in Purok Kabuntalan, Mother Bgy. Poblacion, Cotabato City, conducted by members of the PDEA Regional Office 9 last Tuesday.
The suspect was tagged as a notorious shabu dealer operating in Cotabato City and several parts of Maguindanao. Seized inside his house were two heat-sealed plastic sachets containing 10 grams of shabu worth P50,000 and several drug paraphernalia, including a packet with suspected shabu residue.
In Zamboanga del Sur, DPEA Region 9 operatives arrested Jocano Ando Hussain, 22, tricycle driver, during a buy-bust operation in Purok Daisy 1, Poblacion, Margosatubig town, last Wednesday.
Recovered from the suspect were five grams of shabu worth P25,000 and the marked money paid to him by an undercover officer. Aquino said the anti-narcotics operations were conducted by his men with the support of the local police.
The two suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.