COTABATO CITY — A suspected member of big-time drug syndicate operating in North Cotabato was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Kidapawan City.
Director Gil Castro of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 12 (PDEA 12) said John Ryan Alvarez of Diamond Street, Kidapawan City was among those in the PDEA drug watch list.
An agent of PDEA 12 posed as buyer and managed to secure methamphetamine hydrochloride from Alvarez who, his neighbors said, was into illegal drug pushing in the area.
Castro said Alvarez, 29, a businessman, was a member of “Simbulan drug syndicate” operating in North Cotabato and parts of Davao del Sur and Maguindanao.
“He (Alvarez) is in our wanted list, he belongs to a big time drug syndicate,” Castro, who led the operation, told DXND-AM Radyo Bida in Kidapawan City.
Seized from Alvarez during the buy bust was several sachets of suspected shabu and P500 marked money.
Castro told reporters that the group was also involved in carnapping and gun-running and other crimes.
According to narcotics agents, Alvarez sourced illegal drugs from an unknown group in Matalam and distributed these in Kidapawan City and environs.
In nearby Kabacan, North Cotabato, police also arrested during anti-drug raid in Barangay Poblacion three drug peddlers who have warrants of arrest.
The police, armed with search warrants issued by Hon. Judge Alandrex Betoya, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 16, arrested Jojo Alon, 42, Allan Alon, 41 and Sukarno Beldik, 40, all residents of Barangay Poblacion.
Two other suspects included in the warrant managed to elude arresting members of the Kabacan police office during the 4 p.m. anti-drug operation. They were Elmer Ones, 43 and Joeboy Manuel, all of Barangay Poblacion.
Police operatives recovered five grams of shabu, paraphernalia and a motorbike and a tricycle used by the suspects in drug peddling.
Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 are being prepared against the suspects. Edwin Fernandez/PNA-northboundasia.com