P5M shabu seized from 5 drug traffickers in Mindanao

Aaron N. Aquino

TWO separate anti-narcotics operations by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency last Tuesday and Wednesday led to the arrest of five suspected big-time drug traffickers and the confiscation of some P4.7 million worth of shabu.

PDEA chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino yesterday said three of the suspects -- all female -- were arrested during a buy-bust on Governor Gutierrez Avenue, RH7 in Cotabato City  on June 12.

Aquino identified the three as Raihana Mamalangkay Macalimpas alias ‘Bai,’ 31; Dacel Fortich Duloan alias ‘Dang,’ 33; and Malvina Mokamad Duloan alias ‘Vina,’ 58.

He said the drug-dealing trio were arrested during a sting conducted jointly by members of the PDEA Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the National Bureau of Investigation and the local police.

The operation also resulted in the rescue of four minors who were all turned over to City Social Welfare and Development office.

According to Aquino, recovered from the three’s possession were four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing some 200 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P1.360 million, four mobile phones, several identification cards and the boodle money topped by some marked bills.

The other two suspects were arrested during a sting along the Milaor-Naga Bypass Road in Barangay Tarusanan in Milaor, Camarines Sur which resulted in the recovery of 500 grams of shabu valued at P3.4 million and the buy-bust money.

He identified the two as Alex Salcedo and Rolie Recto Jr.  

Aquino said that members of the PDEA Regional Office 5, the Police Regional Office 5 and the Philippine Army were involved in the buy-bust operation.

All five 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.