DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 July) — Joint police operatives arrested Saturday dawn 15 persons in a raid in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat but a town mayor of a neighboring province and his alleged business partner in the illegal drugs trade “evaded arrest.”
Senior Supt. Raul Supiter, Sultan Kudarat provincial police director, said most of those arrested are relatives of a Maguindanao town mayor whom he declined to name pending follow-up operations.
He said the operatives, armed with search warrants, seized 39 huge packs of methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as shabu, with an estimated market value of P1.2 million.
Supiter said the special operation was conducted at 4:30 a.m. Saturday in Purok Masagana, Gabion, Barangay Kalawag 1, Isulan, Sultan Kudrat reportedly owned by Makee Tamondong, also known as “Kagi Mak” and Armina Tamondong alias Ate Khe.
Supiter said the raid was conducted after verified information confirmed that voluminous stocks of prohibited drugs were kept in the house.
Several money transactions including check and bank account transfers were also seized during the raid.
A certain Wilson Nandang, alias “Kiti,” one of the suspected drug leaders and alleged business partner of the town mayor managed to elude arrest.
“Follow-up investigation is still ongoing,” Supiter said.
Charges have been filed against the 15 persons, most of them residents of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces. (Ferdinandh Cabrera / MindaNews)