Cops arrest 3 big time drug pushers in North Cotabato

By Noel Y. Punzalan

COTABATO CITY – After a month-long surveillance, police and members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested on Sunday a “big-time” drug pusher in Midsayap, North Cotabato.

Supt. Reynante Delos Santos, Midsayap police director, on Monday said the arrested suspect, Tonto Usman, was suspected to be member of the 14-K gang operating in Metro Manila.

The raiding team, armed with arrest warrant issued by a local court, swooped down on the safe house of Usman in Barangay Malinao. He did not resist arrest.

Delos Santos said the raiding team seized 15 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as “shabu,” drug paraphernalia, fragmentation grenade and ammunition for cal. 45 pistol and M-16 Armalite rifle.

Delos Santos said Usman is believed to be selling shabu in PPALMA area, or the towns of Pigcawayan, Pikit, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap and Aleosan, all in North Cotabato.

Meanwhile, police authorities in nearby Libungan, also in North Cotabato arrested two men believed to be involved in the rampant proliferation of prohibited drugs.

Chief Inspector Bernard Tayong, Libungan town police chief, said police operatives arrested Mimungka Panggalan alias Nakong and his brother Tata Panganggalan, both residents of Poblacion Libungan.

Tayong said the raiding team, also armed with warrants of arrest, cornered the suspects in their safe house following weeks of surveillance operations.

Police seized a 12-gauge shot gun and a cal. 45 pistol from the suspects.

The suspects are temporarily detained at Midsayap and Libungan police detention facility while charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are filed against them. (PNA)

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