Authorities have dismantled a drug den and a suspected drug personality was killed while four others were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Tawi-tawi.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino identified the slain suspect as Odin Jalas; and the arrested personalities as Abdulnajar Isarail; Mujahid Jalas; Rhadzkhomar Lakibul; and Jack Magsaysay, who were all considered high value targets by the operatives.
Aquino said joint elements of PDEA Regional Office IX under the supervision of Director Edgar Jubay, Tawi-tawi Provincial Office, Marine Battalion Landing Team-6, and Sapa-sapa Municipal Police Station conducted a buy-bust operation in Sitio Pahapatan, Barangay Baldatal Islam, Sapa-sapa, Tawi-tawi on November 20.
Aquino said that during the operation, a gunfight transpired between the operating team and the suspects that resulted in the death of Odin Jalas.
Confiscated during the operation were 13 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu weighing around 50 grams with an estimated value of P340,000.00; one M16 A1 rifle, grenade launcher, one plate carrier, bandolier, seven long magazines of M16A1, pieces of live ammunition and the buy-bust money.
The suspects will be charged for violation of Section 26 (Attempt/Conspiracy) in relation to Section 5 (Sale of Illegal Drugs), Section 6 (Maintenance of a Drug Den), Section 7 (Employees and Visitor of a Drug Den) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.