Simultaneous drug raids bag nine drug suspects; four slain

FOUR suspects were killed while nine others arrested during simultaneous drug raids in Tagum City, Sto. Tomas and Asuncion in Davao del Norte on Saturday at 4:30 a.m.

The slain suspects were identified as Abil Nasser, 39 of Asuncion; Hanron Saumay Sultan of Sto. Tomas; Reynaldo Baquiran, 38, and Marven Padua, both residents of Tagum City.

Arrested were Allan Bagnaan, 31; Erick Cabiling, 48; Rodel Cabiling, 30,all residents of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte; Elvis Estrada, 41; Melchona Padua, 33; Roy Apao 33; Mesael Obeso, 36; Renmarlie Durano, 18, all residents of Tagum City; and Ramlah C. Nasser,37, resident of Asuncion in Davao del Norte.

They were arrested through the nine search warrants issued by Dorothy Montejo-Gonzaga, executive judge of RTC 11 Judicial Region in Panabo City;and Judge Virginia D. Tejano-Ang of RTC,11th Judicial Region in Tagum City.

Authorities were able to confiscate three .45 caliber pistols;9mm pistol; .357 revolver; caliber .22 revolver; two .38 revolver; one hand grenade; three live ammunitions of 40mm; seven grams of dried marijuana and seedlings; four assorted four-wheel vehicles; two motorcycles; P48,000 in alleged drug money and more or less 241 grams of shabu worth P1.687 million.

Chief Inspector Francis Sonza, Criminal Investigation and Detection Team-Davao del Norte, said the operation also resulted to the neutralization of the leader and members of Sultan criminal gang allegedly involved in illegal drug trade, Nasser gunrunning group, and Baquiran gun-for-hire and illegal drug trade group.

The arrested suspects and confiscated evidence were brought to Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office .

Meanwhile Recardo C. Chicote and Romie L. Tepino were arrested in a simultaneous drug raid operation conducted by the authorities in three barangays in Davao Oriental at 3 a.m.

They were arrested through the implementation of five search warrants for violation of RA 10591 or the illegal possession of firearms and RA 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.”

Mark John F. Bulalong was killed in a shootout with authorities.

Confiscated from the suspects were assorted long and short firearms; ammunitions; shabu and drug paraphernalia and cash amounting to P194,980.

Suspects arrested are now detained in Gov. Generoso Police Station.

Supt. Antonio Rivera, spokesperson of Davao Police Regional Office, in an interview yesterday said that Chief PNP Ricardo Marquez has issued a directive clamping down on illegal drugs.

In the same vein, regional police director, Chief Supt. Wendy Rosario, also issued an order for the different precinct commanders to conduct operations every week to ramp up the pressure against drug dealers.

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