Drug buy-busts and operations

Drug buy-busts and operations

LATEST UPDATE: June 17, 2021 - 10:19am
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June 17, 2021

State agents seized P3.4 million worth of shabu from a trafficker they tried but failed to entrap in Talayan, Maguindanao Wednesday.

The alleged drug trafficker managed to run away when he noticed he was about to sell half a kilo of shabu to non-uniformed agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Juvenal Azurin, director of PDEA-BARMM, said Thursday there is a possibility that the target was hidden from pursuing agents by “sympathizers” in the village where the bungled sting was laid.

The suspect even left his motorcycle behind. — The STAR/John Unson 

May 17, 2021

The 15 drug dealers nabbed May 14 in Picong, Lanao del Sur belong to the “Picong cartel” circulating 30  kilos of shabu monthly in the province, officials said Monday.

The suspects, arrested in separate raids in Picong town in Lanao del Sur, are now in the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

One of their leaders, Kareem Usop Abedin, was killed in an ensuing shootout that preceded their arrest.

The incident left Patrolmen Melvin Habiling and Richard Nicolas, both from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and Master Sergeant Rafael Abdullah of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, wounded.

The 15 suspects — Ansano Ampuan, Amrudin Sarip, Aminodin Ditucalan, Samsudin Itaw, Libot Dimaampao, Liya Dimaampao, Jerry Toma, Gorbani Bitucalan, Jomar Pagayawan, Samin Abdillah, Alioden Buale, Bokari Dagu, Asrap Dimampa, Jasser Baguan and Jomar Abdul — were tagged in the ambush in Picong in 2014 and, subsequently, in 2017, of police vehicles that resulted in the death of a policeman and injured five others.

"These are big fishes. They are members of the so-called 'Picong drug cartel' circulating regularly a big volume of shabu in Lanao del Sur," a community elder, who requested anonymity for security reasons, said Monday. — The STAR/John Unson

April 15, 2021

Isabela police overran an indoor marijuana growing station run by a supposed drug cartel big boss in Cagayan Valley region in Cauayan City, Isabela on Wednesday.

Joey Manallo Uy, 34, whose family owns a number of businesses, including the drive-in morel raided by authorities, was taken to answer drug charges after marijuana, marijuana growing implements and materials were found at the motel and in Uy's home.

Police Brig. Gen.  Crizaldo Nieves, regional director, says Cauayan City police led by Lt. Col. Gerald Gamboa joined by Isabela police intelligence agents and PDEA Isabela agents served a search warrant found at Uy's house in Cauayan City and at the motel. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

April 15, 2021

State agents confiscated P6.8 million worth of shabu from a couple entrapped Wednesday afternoon in Marawi City, authorities say.
Ating Pundogar and his wife, Norhata, were immediately arrested after selling a kilo of shabu to agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency disguised as drug dependents in a tradeoff along a stretch of national highway in Barangay Matampay in Marawi City.

Juvenal Azurin, director of PDEA-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, says the suspects are now detained. — The STAR/John Unson

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