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MNLF training director, 4 high-value targets nabbed in Basilan buy-bust

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An alleged training director of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and four high-value target drug personalities were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Basilan.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino said a drug den was also dismantled during the operation in Purok 5, Tupay Village, Barangay Tabuk, Isabela City on September 17.

He identified the suspects as Abdulhaber Arok Lakkian, alias Amaon, MNLF training director and drug den maintainer; Abesamer Aldam Paradji, alias Dex, drug den maintainer; Abdulbasa Astian Lakkian; Omar Mustafa Hasim; and Nur-Hussin Hasim Wahab; all high-value target drug personalities.

The joint elements of PDEA Regional Office IX, Station Western Mindanao 3012nd Air Intelligence, and local police confiscated 17 pieces of plastic sachet containing alleged shabu weighing about 17 grams, with an estimated value of P115,600.00, assorted drug paraphernalia, cash amounting to P720.00, and buy-bust money.

The suspects would face charges for alleged violation of Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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