TWELVE known drug trafficking personalities in Zamboanga City were arrested by the local police in separate buy-bust operations this week which led in the recovery of some P2.350 million worth of shabu, Police Regional Office 9 director, Brigadier General Froilan F. Quidilla said yesterday.
Quidilla said that members of the Zamboanga City Police Office headed by Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir conducted simultaneous anti-narcotics operations in different barangays in the city in line with their stepped-up crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse in Western Mindanao.
Four of the suspects yielded an estimated P350,000 worth of shabu last Thursday.
The official identified the arrested suspects as construction worker Aslam Musli, 29; ‘habal-habal’ driver Nicanor Mukammal, 26; Alkalid Ladjarani, 39; and Delfin Dagatan, 25.
Quidilla said that Musli, a resident of Campo Islam and Mukammal, of Barangay Rio Hondo were arrested while conspiring to sell shabu to an undercover officer in Tumaga, Porcentro Road at 3:50 p.m. Thursday.
Recovered from the suspects’ possession were four plastic packets containing some P34,000 worth of shabu, three marked P100 bills, two improvised tooters and a caliber .45 pistol with serial no. 122274.
On the other hand, Ladjarani was arrested at about 6:50 p.m. Thursday during an entrapment operation in Lobregat Village in Bgy. Putik which led in the recovery of some P6,000 worth of shabu and two marked P100 bills.
Dagatan, a resident of Upper Tulungatung was arrested in Bgy. Ayala around 11:30 p.m. Thursday after he sold some P8,000 worth of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ to an undercover officer.
Quidilla said that all four suspects will be facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Musli will also be charged for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013, he added.
The other suspects arrested were online shop dealer Rohel Samla, 31; a student named Merhana Almirante, 21; Mavvin Hatang, 32; Arshid Sali, 22; Sahipa Jimlah, a 60-year-old van operator; Marlon Castro, 29; Abdusaboor Sangongot, 40; and Allim Nur Omar, 24.