TWO suspected “high-value” drug targets in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were arrested by undercover policemen in a buy-bust in Marawi City which resulted in the seizure of a kilo of shabu worth P6.8 million, ARMM police director Brigadier General Marni C. Marcos Jr. announced yesterday.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief , General Oscar D. Albayalde, the ARMM police commander identified the suspects as Alexander Aliponto, a businessman from Tamparan, Lanao del Sur; and Adam Pandiin alias ‘Tingting,’ a Marawi City resident.
According to Marcos, the two were arrested in an entrapment operation in Barangay Marawi, Poblacion, Marawi City around 3:25 p.m. Thursday by officers from the Marawi City police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the ARMM Regional Mobile Force Company and the Maritime Group.
Recovered from the suspects were a plastic bag containing a kilo of the shabu, P2.2 million worth of boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill and assorted identification cards.
Marcos said follow-up operations are still underway to identify and arrest the main source of the drugs.
Both 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.