Illegal Drugs

Lanao Sur politicians nabbed with P6.8 M-worth ‘shabu’

By MASIDING NOOR YAHYA

ILIGAN CITY: Anti-narcotics, police and military personnel have arrested a town councilor, 2 former councilors, and a companion, and seized some P6.8 million worth of suspected shabu in a buy-bust operation in Marawi City on Thursday afternoon.

BUY-BUST OPERATION IN MARAWI. The arrested drug suspects stand as law enforcers document the items seized from them, including a kilogram of suspected shabu worth some P6.8M, after a buy-bust operation in Marawi City on Sept. 17. (PDEA PHOTO)

Juvenal Azurin, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Bangsamoro region, identified the arrested suspects as Simpanor Capal Salic, Esnaira Capal, Malik Pangcoga Hadjisalik and Rodrigo Sequino.

Col. Madzgani Mukaram, Lanao del Sur police chief, said all four suspects are from Tagoloan town where Salic is an incumbent municipal councilor, and Capal and Hadjisalik were former municipal councilors.

Azurin said the suspects fell in an entrapment operation set up with an undercover agent supposedly buying one kilogram of meth, worth at least P6.8 million in the streets.

The sale was consummated at Matampay village in Marawi City. As the 1-kg meth was being handed over, law enforcers immediately swooped in.

Azurin said the suspects did not resist arrest.

Aside from the illegal drugs, two luxury vehicles driven by the suspects to the area had been seized, too.

The four suspects are now detained in the Lanao del Sur police office.

The suspects will face complaints for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Muslimedia.PH)

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