By Franco Regala
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — A 29-year-old man from Marawi City who is suspected by police of trafficking drugs into Central Luzon was arrested during a raid of his safehouse in Magalang, this province Sunday morning.
Chief Superintendent Amador V. Corpus, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) regional director (RD), identified the arrested as Akil Marukul Ima, who allegedly yielded three large-sized plastic sachets of suspected “shabu” and 31 medium-sized plastic sachets of shabu totaling about half a kilo.
Joint operatives of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 3 headed by Gil T. Pabilona, PDEA Pampanga, Francisco Biadora, PDEA Team leader and Magalang Pampanga Municipal Police Station (MPS) led by Supt. Michael Jhon n Riego, chief of police, served a search warrant at the suspect’s house on Bliss 1, San Vicente, Magalang, Pampanga at around 4 AM, which resulted to his arrest.
Thirty one (31) medium size plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance, three (3) large size plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance, Electronic weighing scale, two (2) cal. 45 pistols, two (2) magazine, seven (7) live cal. 45 ammos, two(2) pouch bags, one (1) small tool box, one (1) lighter, one pair of scissors, one (1) mini counting machine and a bundle of unused plastic sachets were recovered from Ima’s residence.
“Around 500 grams (half kilo) of shabu were seized with estimated street value of P2.5 million,” said Corpus.
He added that the suspect is included in the list of high-value targets by PDEA’s and PNP Drug Enforcement Units in Central Luzon, National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 4A.
The operation was authorized by a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Cecilyn E. Burgos-Villavert, of RTC 89. NCR Quezon City and Blotter entry no. 3793, page 0326.
The suspect and seized pieces of evidence were brought in the custody of PDEA Region 3 for proper disposition.