Village councilman, 5 others fall in Maguindanao drug sting

By Edwin Fernandez

BUSTED. Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) conduct an accounting of the confiscated shabu from six men, including a village councilman, following a drug buy-bust operation in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Thursday (May 20, 2021). Aside from the shabu worth PHP80,000, the suspects also yielded an unlicensed .45-caliber pistol. (Photo courtesy of PDEA-BARMM)

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao: A village councilman and five others were arrested during an anti-drug operation here Thursday morning.

A clandestine drug den was also dismantled, said Juvenal Azurin, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM).

He identified the arrested suspects as Norman Abdullah, Rustom Mama, Ronnie Mama, Tato Lalaog, Joharie Cusain, and Alimudin Sucor, all of Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

“Ronnie Mama is a member of the Barangay Semba council,”: Azurin said.

During the 9 a.m. buy-bust, he said a PDEA undercover agent managed to secure 10 grams of suspected shabu, estimated to cost PHP80,000 from one of the suspects in Sitio Laguialam of Barangay Semba.

He added that a .45-caliber pistol with ammunition was also seized from one of the suspects. The operation was carried out with the participation of the Datu Odin Sinsuat police force.

“Their neighbors have alerted us of their illegal activities,” Azurin told reporters here.

Charges for violation of R.A. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and R.A. 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) are being readied against the suspects. 

Philippine News Agency

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