AGENTS of the Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office on Wednesday afternoon seized an estimated P10.2 million worth of suspected shabu and a cache of weapons and ammunition following a series of raids in Ipil municipality, Police Regional Office 9 director, Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Luis D. Licup reported yesterday.
Licup said that the recovered pieces of drug evidence weighed a total of 1.5 kilograms with a market value of P10.2 million in the province where he has ordered a massive crackdown on illegal drug trafficking and abuse.
He said that the raids at the houses of several known drugs targets in the province also led in the arrest of suspect Ben Hazar Anduhol, Nicanel Maningo and Benjamin Calon Hassan alias Solaiman.
According to Licup, several teams of police and military operatives under the supervision of Zamboanga Sibugay police director, Senior Supt. Jerry V. Protacio served a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against one Fasal Enriquez and Hassan and a warrant of arrest for murder issued against Enriquez as well as another warrant of arrest for robbery issued against one Faisal Morabbil.
The raids led in the arrest of Anduhol,41, a resident of Purok Saging in Bgy. Tenan and Hassan, a 25-year old resident of nearby Purok Marang.
The official said that another target identified as Jumli Samdani was not present in his house which yielded 23 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and assorted drug paraphernalia.
On the other hand, recovered inside the residence of Enriquez were assorted drug paraphernalia including aluminum foils, disposable lighters and an improvised aluminum foil needle.
Hassan was arrested following the raid in his house which led in the confiscation of two plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and assorted drug paraphernalia including transparent empty plastic sachets being used to repack the drugs, aluminum foils, disposable lighters and a broken weighing scale.
Anduhol was placed under arrest inside the same house after he was found in possession of two sachets of shabu and a plastic cellophane bag.
Protacio said that during the simultaneous service of the search warrants, officers arrested Maningo,31, after he yielded a caliber 40 semi-automatic pistol with 19 live ammunition.
He also said that gunfires also met the raiding teams prompting them to seek cover and later trace the origin of the shots fired. One of the houses where gunshots were heard turned to be owned by one Nadjar Asmad.
Recovered inside Asmad’s residence were 16 plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, various drug paraphernalia and a Bangsamoro ID with his name.
Protacio said that his men also exchanged fire with unidentified gunmen in the area and later arrested one Neljar Hadji Wahab whose house yielded one M-16 automatic rifle and seven M-16 magazines containing a total of 31 live a5.56 ammunition.