THREE more notorious drug traffickers in Mindanao were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in separate buy-bust operations in the region this week, PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said yesterday.
One of the suspects identified as 43-year old Karl Balo alias ‘Jason’ was arrested in a sting inside Room 310 of EY Suites in Borromeo Street, Surigao City conducted by PDEA Region 13 operatives last Monday.
Seized from the suspect’s possession were six heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around 25 grams of shabu with a local market value of P295,000 and the marked money he received from the poseur, said Lapeña.
In Cagayan de Oro City, PDEA Region 10 officers arrested Jabbar Maca-alin alias’ Saydamin/Angkie,’ 34, during a buy-bust operation in Barra, Bgy. Macabalan Friday. Recovered from the suspect were five grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and the marked money paid to him by an undercover officer.
In Zamboanga Sibugay, PDEA Region 9 agents arrested Richard Tomas, 38, the 5th most wanted personality in Imelda municipality during a raid in his house in Purok Aguinaldo in Bgy. Poblacion.
Recovered by the raiders were 12 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing some P4,000 worth of shabu and assorted drug paraphernalia.
All suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Lapeña.