Davao’s top drug supplier arrested

The alleged number one drug personality in Davao Region was arrested by agents of the regional Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other law enforcement units in Mabini, Compostela Valley on Thursday.
Antonio Rivera, PDEA XI director, identified the suspect as Saidel Taha Sahid, 46, businessman and resident of Maco Alawya Beach, Maco, Compostela Valley.

Rivera said Sahid was arrested for conspiring to sell three big packs of shabu, weighing around 25 grams with a street value of P375,000, to an agent who acted as poseur buyer for P125,000 during the operation in Capinigan, Cadunan, Mabini.

Sahid’s 25-year-old son, Alhakim Sakkam Ismael, alias Kim, was able to elude arrest. He served as his father’s driver and bodyguard.

The buy-bust marked money was recovered from the suspect’s possession.

Authorities also confiscated a Hyundai Starex, believed to be used in the illegal drug activities.

PDEA XI spokesperson Nephi Noli Dimaandal said Sahid is the number 1 in their drug list of high-value targets

He said they conducted monitoring against Sahid for years. Sahid’s name first came out in the drug list in 2008.

Dimaandal said Sahid supplied drugs in the region, particularly in Davao del Norte.

Aiding the PDEA in the operation were Compostela Valley Province Provincial Police Office Intelligence Branch, Maco Municipal Police Station, Mabini Municipal Police Station, and Regional Drug Enforcement Unit at around 5:20 p.m. Thursday.

The arrested suspect is now detained at the PDEA XI detention facility while the seized drugs were forwarded to the PDEA Laboratory Section for qualitative and quantitative examination.

A case for violation of Section 26, in relation to Section 5, Article II, of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) is being prepared against the suspect and his son.

Dimaandal reiterated that the arrest of Sahid “serves as a warning to all drug perpetrators operating in Davao Region that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police and the community are closely working together and always vigilant in the fight against illegal drugs.”

The PDEA is asking everyone to help the government attain its vision for a drug free Philippines by reporting to us those who are involved in illegal drug activities. Concerned citizens can call or text 082-222-3045, 09395433405 or 09331481387.


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