Eleven Drug Peddlers Arrested in Lanao del Sur Police Operations

Eleven drug peddlers, including wanted persons, were arrested in Marawi City and surrounding areas in Lanao del Sur, Philippines, during police operations from April 1-30, 2024. The arrests resulted in the seizure of P748,000 worth of shabu, demonstrating the government's commitment to combating illegal drug activities.

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Eleven Drug Peddlers Arrested in Lanao del Sur Police Operations

Eleven Drug Peddlers Arrested in Lanao del Sur Police Operations

In a series of police operations conducted from April 1-30, 2024, eleven drug peddlers, including wanted persons, were arrested in Marawi City and surrounding areas in Lanao del Sur, Philippines. The arrests were the result of collaborative efforts by various law enforcement agencies, demonstrating the government's commitment to combating criminality and promoting peace, order, and security in the region.

Why this matters: The successful operation showcases the government's dedication to addressing the illegal drug problem, which is a major contributor to criminality and social unrest in the Philippines. By cracking down on drug peddlers, the authorities aim to create a safer and more stable environment for citizens, which is essential for the country's economic growth and development.

One notable arrest was that of "Kevin," a 29-year-old resident of Barangay Alihis, Bacolod City, who was identified as the Top 10 Most Wanted Person at the Regional Level for Carnapping. He was apprehended on May 9, 2024, at Pulauan Port, Barangay San Vicente, Dapitan City, and was also recognized as the Top 7 Most Wanted Person at the Provincial Level of Lanao del Sur PPO and Top 3 at the Municipal Level of Marawi City PS.

The successful operation was made possible through a joint effort by the Marawi City Police Station, Dapitan CPS, 901st Regional Mobile Force Battalion, Dapitan City Philippine Coast Guard, Port Management Office, and Port Police Division. The arrest was carried out with a Warrant of Arrest for Carnapping, with a bail set at Php300,000.

In addition to the arrest of "Kevin," two other significant arrests were made on Friday by anti-narcotics agents in separate operations in two Bangsamoro provinces. Sibal Sampang was arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, after selling P340,000 worth of shabu (50 grams) to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) agents. Gil Cesario Castro, director of PDEA-BARMM, stated that "Sampang yielded peacefully when arrested."

Another male dealer, whose name was withheld, was arrested in Wao town, Lanao del Sur, and P408,000 worth of shabu was seized from him. The suspect is allegedly linked to the Dawlah Islamiya and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters terrorist groups. Police Brig. Gen. Prexy Tanggawohn, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, said that the entrapment operation was jointly initiated by units under the Lanao del Sur Provincial Police Office and the Drug Enforcement Group Special Operations Unit-15 of the Philippine National Police.

The series of successful operations in Lanao del Sur and other Bangsamoro provinces have resulted in the arrest of eleven drug peddlers and the seizure of a total of P748,000 worth of shabu. These achievements underscore the government's relentless efforts to combat illegal drug activities and maintain peace and order in the region, paving the way for a more secure and progressive Philippines.

Key Takeaways

  • 11 drug peddlers, including wanted persons, arrested in Marawi City and surrounding areas.
  • P748,000 worth of shabu seized in 2 operations in Bangsamoro provinces.
  • Notable arrest: "Kevin", Top 10 Most Wanted Person for Carnapping, arrested in Dapitan City.
  • Joint efforts by law enforcement agencies led to successful operations.
  • Government's commitment to combating criminality and promoting peace, order, and security in the region.