21 ARRESTED IN SOUTH COTABATO DRUG RAIDS

KORONADAL CITY — At least 21 persons have been arrested by police authorities in separate drug buy-bust operations in South Cotabato Friday, authorities on Saturday said.

Three men were arrested in the act of sniffing illegal drugs, known locally as “shabu,” during police operations led by Chief Inspector Dennis Madriaga, police chief of Noralla, South Cotabato.

Arrested were Warren Valenzuela, owner of a house where the pot session was conducted, Jericho Echanova and John Paul Castillo.

Madriaga said the suspects also peddled illegal drugs based on the information contained in Valenzuela’s mobile phones. A motorbike, several sachets of shabu and illegal drug paraphernalia were seized from the suspects.

Early Friday, during the implementation of “One Time Big Time Operation” in Purok Looban, Barangay Zone 3, Koronadal City, police arrested 17 persons, including a minor.

The raiding team seized shabu, mobile phones, marijuana joints, a handgun and other shabu paraphernalia.

Superintendent Barney Condes, Koronadal City police director, said the raid was conducted in an area where a construction was ongoing and most of the arrested suspects were construction workers and tricycle drivers.

In nearby Surallah town, also in South Cotabato, police operatives, led by Chief Inspector Ramil Villagracia, arrested a certain Ryan Garcia of Barangay Libertad for illegal drug use.

About 13 sachets of illegal drugs were seized from the suspect.

Condes said the proliferation of illegal drugs in Koronadal City has reached an alarming level and vowed to neutralize all those involved in illegal drug trade.

Most of illegal drugs supply come from Maguindanao. PNA/northboundasia.com