Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents gun down armed suspect, nab 9

FOUR separate anti-narcotics operations by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency last Monday and Tuesday resulted in the killing of an armed suspect in a gunbattle, the arrest of nine others and the seizure of nearly P1.2 million worth of shabu and marijuana, PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino announced yesterday.

The slain suspect was identified as Freddie Sacurat, a 32-year old resident of Golden Valley, Lower Arroyo Compound in Matina, Davao City who was described as the no. 1 target drug personality in Davao del Norte.

Aquino said that the suspect  was killed in a PDEA Region 11-led anti-narcotics raid in his house which is being used as a drug den. PDEA operatives were joined by the local police and the National Bureau of Investigation in conducting the sting.

He said that Sacurat had just sold P15,000 worth of shabu to a poseur when he sensed the entrapment operation and opened fire at the lawman. Back-up operatives returned fire and hit the suspect who died while being taken to a nearby hospital.

Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession were two heat-sealed plastic sachets containing around 11 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P165,000, assorted drug paraphernalia and a loaded caliber .38 revolver.

Sacurat’s live-in partner Karen Ngoho, tagged as his partner in maintaining the secret drug dive and their four visitors identified as Kent Sisneros, Aljon Adlawan, Orland Permo, and Alicia Aballe were also arrested during the operation.

In Cotabato City, PDEA and Police Regional Office 12 agents arrested Samin Agao Kusain alias ‘Huasain Samin Agao/Samin,’ a 36-year old member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during a buy-bust operation in Cotabato City last Tuesday.

Aquino said that the suspect, a former secretary of Bgy. Katidtuan in Kabuntalan, Maguindanao was arrested after he sold 50 grams of shabu worth P340,000 to an undercover operative.

In Davao Oriental, PDEA and police agents arrested Romel Lintuan and Esmadi and Josehine Inabitan for transporting marijuana. Aquino said that Esmadi, tagged as the no. 3 most wanted drug personality in the province and his cohorts were arrested by officers manning a checkpoint in  Purok Buhangin, Bgy. Central in Taragona municipality.

The official said that the trio were on board a motorcycle when they passed thru a checkpoint in the area. While being accosted, the suspects tried to escape but were immediately arrested.

Recovered from their possession were three bundles of dried marijuana leaves weighing around five kilos and with a market value of P600,000.

Aquino said that a tip from a concerned citizen regarding the presence of marijuana traffickers who will try to sneak in a huge amount of cannabis in Mati City led to the arrest of the trio as officers set up a checkpoint and inspected all vehicles passing thru the area.

All arrested suspects are now facing non-bailable charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Aquino.