THREE major anti-narcotics operations conducted by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency last Saturday and Monday resulted in the arrest of five “high-value drug targets” and the confiscation of nearly P9 million worth of shabu, PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino said yesterday.
As of press time, the PDEA chief said follow-up operations are still underway to identify and arrest the main sources of the drugs recovered from the suspects who were arrested in Metro Manila and in Mindanao.
Five of the suspects identified as Ali Salim, Alsamar Yudop, Abdul Managili, Zainab Pamansag and Joel Undong were arrested by members of the PDEA National Capital Region, the official said.
Abdul, Pamansag and Undong were arrested after they conspired to sell some P3.8 million worth of shabu to an undercover officer of the PDEA National Capital Region headed by Attorney George Paul Alcovindas at FTI Terminal Arca South in Western Bicutan, Taguig City around 2:30 p.m. last Saturday.
Salim and Yusop were arrested during a sting in front of the Veris International Distribution in Kanlaon Street, Barangay Teresita, Quezon City past 4 p.m. last Sunday.
Seized from the duo were some 50 grams of the so-called poor man’s cocaine worth P340,000 and the marked money paid to them by the poseur.
In Iligan City, known ‘HVT’ Mahdi Lucas Mapandi alias ‘Michael Lucas’ and his cohort Cosary Amintao Asis alias ‘Mama Arab’ were arrested after they conspired to sell an estimated P1.2 million worth of shabu to an operative of the PDEA Regional Office 10 headed by Director Wilkins Villanueva 8 a.m. last Monday.
The entrapment operation conducted on the national highway in Bgy. Suarez, Iligan City led in the recovery of some 250 grams of shabu valued at P1.2 million and the buy-bust money.
Aquino said that the three other suspects identified as Asraf Lomangcolob, Raimona Macasappal and Basita Bauta were arrested during a sting inside a fastfood chain in Pasay City last Monday and 500 grams of shabu worth P3.4 million was recovered.
The buy-bust operation was conducted by members of the PDEA Regional Office 4-A and the PDEA Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
All suspects are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Aquino.