Authorities arrest 21 members of drug syndicate, seize PHP1M ‘shabu’ in North Cotabato


Kabacan, North Cotabato
March 30, 2017

Joint elements of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-12), military and police on Thursday seized suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” worth PHP1 million and nabbed 21 persons during a raid at Purok Krislam in Barangay Poblacion here.

Senior Insp. Ronnie Cordero, Kabacan police chief, said that government forces were to serve nine search warrants.

The raiding team seized 125 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated value of PHP1 million, Cordero said.

Authorities also confiscated 12 undocumented motorbikes, some were “chopped-chopped” and believed to be carnapped.

”The 4 a.m. raid surprised the suspects. Some tried but failed to escape as the safe house has been surrounded by police operatives,” he said.

Kabacan Mayor Herlo Guzman and Senior Supt. Emmanuel Peralta, North Cotabato police provincial director, presented the suspects to the media.

“I want to commend our law enforcers for this very successful operations against these people who continuously destroy our society,” the mayor said.

Guzman said the group belonged to a well-organized carnapping and illegal drug syndicate operating in North Cotabato and nearby Maguindanao.

Purok Krislam is a known drug haven in Kabacan town where huge volume of illegal drugs emanate before these are distributed to other towns in the province.

In 2014, police also raided Purok Krislam where arrests were made and illegal drugs were seized. (PNA)

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