THREE suspected members of a big-time drug trafficking syndicate operating in Cotabato City were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in simultaneous anti-narcotics operations last Monday, PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino announced yesterday.
The official identified the arrested suspects as Akmad Blah, 22; Abdul Angkanan, 44; and Ali Beldik, 28.
He said that members of the PDEA Regional Office 12, with the assistance of the local police and the Army arrested the trio inside their residences in Kabacan, Cotabato which yielded 15 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around six grams of suspected shabu worth P30,000.
Aquino said that apart from their reported involvement in illegal drug trafficking, the suspects are also being sought by the local police for involvement in car theft and robbery-holdup.
The official said that officers also raided several targets in Purok 1, Barangay Poblacion resulting in the confiscation of an estimated P20,000 worth of shabu and various drug paraphernalia.
He said one of the targets identified as Beldik Usop was killed in an exchange of fire with officers while the second named as Benzar Beldik managed to escape arrest and is still being hunted as of press time.
Over in Cagayan de Oro Davao cities, two suspected big-time drug personalities in Mindanao were arrested by PDEA in two separate buy-bust operations in the region this week which led in the seizure of around P200,000 worth of shabu.
One of the suspects identified as Arlen Dahl Tan, a 44-year old ‘watch-listed’ drug personality was arrested after she sold around five grams of shabu with a local market value of P35,000 to an undercover officer of the PDEA Regional Office 10 in Mega Heights Subdivision in Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City last Monday.
The second suspect identified as Abdulwahab Harlata Magangcong alias ‘Abdul’ was caught during an entrapment operation in Gempesaw Street, Bgy. 26-C, Davao City. The suspect who is also said to be a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front yielded some 30 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P150,000 and the marked money he received from an agent of the PDEA Regional Office 11.