Bigtime shabu dealer in Maguindanao arrested

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By SONY SUDARIA & OSCAR LEDESMA, MDNN News Bureau
September 13, 2021

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BARMM Region - A bigtime distributor of illegal drugs operating in the province has been arrested Sunday (September 5) in Barangay Kalipapa, Datu Piang, Maguindanao.

The police investigating the case identified the suspect as one Jodatu Fidel, 21, a resident of Barangay Balong in Northern Kabuntalan.

Colonel Jibin Bongcayao, police director of Maguindanao told reporters that a composite team of operatives from the local police office and from the province, as well as military operatives from the 6th Infantry Battalion, have successfully carried out the buy-bust operation in Sitio 3, barangay Kalipapa here.

The lightning raid immediately took place after a government-poseur buyer transacted with the suspect around 3pm, which resulted in his arrest.

The raiding team seized 25 grams of the illegal drug known as "shabu" which has an estimated street value of P150,000.

The police official revealed it was the Moro Islamic Liberation Fron Task Force "Ittihad" (Unity) that tipped off the illegal drug peddling of the suspect in the province.

Meanwhile, the arrested suspect is now temporarily detained at Datu Piang town lock-up cell, awaiting charges for his violation.

The government is now preparing for the filing of charges against the suspect for violating Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. - PNA

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