Police arrest three drug suspects, seize P6.8M shabu in Zamboanga Sibugay town

By John Mahusay

IPIL, Philippines – Police operatives have arrested three drug suspects and seized P6.8-million worth of suspected shabu in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay Sunday, December 27.

In a press statement, the Regional Police Office 9 (PRO 9) identified the arrested suspects as Crimalde Tarawi, 53, a businessman of Simunul, Tawi-tawi; Albasir Masihul, 26, a seaweeds’ farmer of Barangay Sawa in Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay; and Basir Alano, 48, a businessman of Barangay Tulay in Jolo, Sulu.

The statement did not provide the details how the businessmen from Tawi-tawi and Sulu have reached the place of arrest. The PRO 9 information office has not yet responded to the inquiry through text message as of this posting.

PRO 9 chief Brig. Gen. Ronaldo Genaro Ylagan said the combined operatives of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group, Imelda Municipal Police Station, and 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company have arrested the suspects in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Lumbog, Imelda at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

The operatives have seized from the suspects a black plastic bag containing 18 packs of suspected shabu with an estimated value of P6.8 million.

The police have impounded the vehicle, a Chevrolet with plate number JCT 5097, used by the suspects.

Ylagan said the suspects are temporarily detained at the detention cell of Imelda MPS.

The three drug suspects, he said, are going to face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Ylagan said the operation is part of the intensified “anti-illegal drugs operation in the region.” (THE MINDANAO SUN)

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