CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao: Police authorities in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City arrested Wednesday three suspected drug peddlers and seized some PHP2.4 million worth of illegal drugs.
Col. Rex Derilo, Lanao Sur police provincial director, said Thursday that a team of police officers under the provincial drug enforcement unit arrested Asraf Gani, Patty Paloma, and Mahid Macabato in a buy-bust operation inside a restaurant near the Mindanao State University MSU campus in Marawi City.
Derilo said Mahid Pumbaya, the alleged maintainer of the place defined as a drug den, eluded arrest during the operation, which was carried out in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Seized from the suspects were a .45 caliber pistol, ammunition, marked money, and 350 grams of suspected shabu.
The suspects, now detained at the Lanao del Sur detention facility, are facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and RA 10591 for Illegal Possession of Firearms.
“We will continue to intensify our operations against the same illegal activity in any particular locations, giving relentless focus on high-value target individuals, in line with directives of our Police Regional Director Brig. Gen. Samuel Rodriguez,” Derilo said.