IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (MindaNews/26 March) — Seven alleged drug pushers were arrested in two separate buy-bust operations on March 22 and 23 as part of the “all-out war” against drug pushers in the province.
Pedrito Suano, provincial director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), said four persons, including Bonfiacio Abao aka Dondon, the alleged Number 3 drug pusher in Malangas, were arrested at around 9 p.m. on March 22 in Purok 8, Barangay Ladicha in Malangas.
Suano, who led the operations, said Abao’s arrest will have a significant impact in the campaign against perceived untouchable drug pushers in the municipality and the entire province.
“The arrest of (Abao) will send the message to all those who believe that they are untouchable drug pushers here in Sibugay. We are already launching all-out-war against these drug pushers who deliberately destroy the future of our youth and our communities”, said Agent Suano, PDEA-Sibugay Provincial Head
Suano said an agent from the PDEA posed as a buyer of shabu and contacted Abao for one heat-sealed plastic sachet containing shabu worth P500.
The operation led to the arrest of the 33-year old Abao, from whom three small plastic sachets believed t be containing shabu.
Also arrested were Lloyd Elisan a.k.a. ‘Nonoy’, 27, of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Diplahan town, from whom one sachet of shabu was seized; Jorlie Alimani a.k.a. ‘Jojo’, 36; and Clio Ledama a.k.a. ‘Lio’, 22, also of Diplahan.
The next day, March 23, another buy-bust operation was conducted at around 4:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the Imelda Integrated Bus Terminal, in Imelda town. PDEA agents arrested Luzviminda Salinas a.ka. ‘Luz’, 38, and the Isnani brothers Daud, 28, and Gamal, 30, all of them residents of Talusan town.
Confiscated from Salinas and the Isnani brothers were three plastic sachets of shabu, one from each suspect.
Suano said the buy-bust operations gave them enough information that the suspects are linked with a drug syndicate operating in the island municipalities of Mabuhay, Talusan and Olutanga and Payao in the mainland. (Paulnazer T. Lontua/MindaNews)