Maguindanao drug queen nabbed in Ma-a drug bust

A LADY town councilor of Maguindanao, nabbed early this year for illegal drugs, was once again arrested in a drug bust in Barangay Ma-a, Talomo District on Sunday.

 The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI identified the alleged drug queen as Fatima Daud Baliwan, 44, an ex-officio member of the town council of Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) being the president of the town’s Association of Barangay Captains. Baliwan, the chair of Barangay Kapimpilan, is the wife of former town mayor Muslimin Baliwan.

Baliwan’s son, Norodin, and another companion, Noria Diyao, were also arrested by joint elements of the PDEA, the Davao City Police Office’s Talomo Police Precinct and the 305th Air Intelligence and Security Squadron in the operation conducted at Block 1, Lot 1, Phase 1, Lanka Lane, Woodridge in Ma-a at around 3 p.m., Sunday.

 PDEA, in a statement, said the suspects were arrested for conspiring with each other in selling three medium sachets, allegedly containing around 50 grams of shabu with a street value of P600,000, to operatives who acted as poseur buyers.

 The seized alleged drugs were submitted to the PDEA laboratory service for examination.

 Authorities also confiscated a Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia and a mobile phone, allegedly being used in their illegal drug activities.

 According to a report from the PDEA-ARMM, Baliwan is the leader of Baliwan Drug Group, a notorious drug group operating in ARMM.

 Last Feb. 9, Fatima and her son Norodin were arrested by the PDEA ARMM and Cotabato City Police Office in a drug bust in Jose Lim Sr. Street, Cotabato City.

 Seized from them in that operation were P125,000-worth of suspected shabu.

 It was not immediately learned how Fatima obtained her liberty from her previous arrest.

 Fatima and her companions are now detained at PDEA XI’s detention facility. Authorities are also preparing for the cases against the suspects for violation of Sec. 26 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

 Sec. 26 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act penalizes the sale and trading of illegal drugs.

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