The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has confiscated over P6-million worth of suspected shabu from separate anti-drug operations in Las Piñas City and Quezon City.
First to be arrested were three suspects who were caught selling illegal drugs to PDEA operatives at a shopping mall’s parking area in Las Piñas on Sunday, July 1.
They were identified as Momina Kiaban Kusin, Laila Dali Kamsa, and Christine Bermejo.
Authorities recovered half a kilo of alleged shabu worth P3.4 million from the three women.
The agency said, the suspects have already smuggled shabu twice from their supplier, alias Ladj, in Talitay, Maguindanao.
The supplier is allegedly connected to a Maguindanao mayor. PDEA declined to identify the official while investigation is underway.
Meanwhile, in another mall in Congressional Avenue, Quezon City, PDEA recovered the second bulk of illegal drugs worth P3.4 million.
Authorities arrested siblings, Abdul Socri Daromimbang and Salman Daromimbang who also sold drugs to PDEA operatives.
Abdul Socri said he was just following orders and only agreed to deliver the drugs out of dire need.
“Napagutusan lang po… hirap ng buhay lang po, wala pong makuhang pagkakitaan (I was just told to deliver…Life is hard, I couldn’t find other means of livelihood),” Abdul Socri said.
He also insists that his brother is innocent and knows nothing about selling drugs; Salman only tagged along as he was out of work.
Abdul Socri added that his supplier is a business man from Quiapo, Manila.
PDEA believes that the arrested personalities in the two separate operations are connected to powerful crime syndicates. — Reynante Ponte
Arrested suspects in two separate buy-bust operations of PDEA in Las Piñas City and Quezon City