Zamboanga police nab suspected drug dealer, confiscate shabu worth P1.1 million

Published January 16, 2021, 11:58 AM

by Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police authorities here arrested an alleged drug dealer in a buy-bust operation in this city, and confiscated from him two packs of suspected shabu with an estimated market value of P1.1 million.

Zamboanga Peninsula Police (PRO-9)  Director  Brig.  Gen. Ronaldo Genaro E. Ylagan  said  on Saturday, January 16,  that policemen from the Zamboanga City Police station 6 (ZCPS-6) conducted a buy-bust operation at Attih Clan, Checkpoint, Barangay Arena Blanco at about 8:40 p.m., Friday, January15.

Ylagan said the buy-bust operation resulted in the arrest of Nurhan Ismula, alias Nick, 32, married, and a resident of Sitio Mulumuluan, Mercedes in this city.

Recovered from him were two packs of shabu weighing 97 grams, with an estimated street value of P1.1 million pesos.

According to Ylagan, Ismula was placed under surveillance after the police learned that he was engaged in the shabu trade, victimizing students of universities and colleges in this city.

Despite the continuous apprehension of drug dealers in the city, shabu has continued to proliferate in most villages here and in the commercial district of this city.

A few days ago, P/Major Jiveetson Pelovello, the chief of the local Drug Enforcement Unit of the Zamboanga City Police Office, was placed on a floating status after he was tested positive twice for drug use.

Pelovello was one of the police officers alleged to have mishandled or maltreated suspects during their arrest.