5 suspects, including 2 MILF members, nabbed in Sultan Kudarat drug bust

By Joseph Jubelag

ISULAN, SULTAN KUDARAT – Anti-narcotics operatives busted a local drug network following the arrest of five of its members, including two alleged members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in a drug bust operation here over the weekend.

Naravy Duquiatan, Philippine Drug Enfocement Agency-12 regional chief, said PDEA agents and police anti-narcotics operatives conducted the drug entrapment operation along the national highway in Barangay Kalawag here which resulted in the arrest of Noraida Sabang, 34; Namraida Sengkong, 32; Baldido Nasser, 25; Zainoden Until, 29 and Anwar Macapendeg, 26. Until and Macapendeg were said to be members of MILF based on the identification cards confiscated from them.

Duquiatan said the arresting lawmen seized from them some 100 grams of shabu worth P700,000.

The PDEA official said the suspects are members of the Ameril drug group, operating in Central Mindanao whose leader Allan Ameril was nabbed in a drug bust in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat last year.

She said the arrested suspects came from Cotabato City aboard a Toyota Hi-ace van who agreed to deliver the illegal drugs to a PDEA poseur buyer here when they were collared.

Charges for selling illegal drugs were filed against the suspects.

Meanwhile, PDEA agents and policemen arrested two notorious drug traffickers in an entrapment operation in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

Juvenal Azurin, PDEA regional chief for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, identified the suspects as Basir Benito, 26, a teacher, and Simen Sambolawan, who yielded about 51 grams of methampetamine hydrochloride worth P350,000 in a drug bust operation in Barangay Kabengi, Datu saudi Ampatuan town.

PDEA tagged the suspects as notorious drug traffickers operating in Maguindanao.

Charges for selling the illegal substance have been filed against the suspects who are currently detained at the detention facility of PDEA-BARMM regional office in Cotabato City.

 
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