PHP1-M ‘shabu’ seized, 7 pushers nabbed in GenSan drug busts

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Police operatives arrested seven alleged pushers and recovered around PHP1 million worth of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in separate drug buy-bust operations here on Sunday.

Sr. Insp. Oliver Pauya, chief of the city police’s anti-drug special operations task group (Caidsotg), said Monday among those nabbed were a “big time” illegal drug supplier in the city and a notorious shabu pusher who operated at a housing reservation located inside the city police camp.

He said they arrested suspect Sahada Malawan, 36, alias “madam” and “auntie,” during an entrapment near her home along Banahaw Street, Purok 13-B in Barangay Fatima at past midnight.

Malawan initially sold a sachet of suspected shabu worth PHP1,000 to a police officer who posed as a buyer, he said.

Pauya said they arrested the suspects five other alleged cohorts that included two female minors.

He identified the three other suspects as Ismael Sagan, 22; Ibrahim Sagan, 25; and, Jeric Macalang, 30.

Malawan’s two other suspected cohorts identified as Sahit Mohamad Taha and Rene Malawan reportedly managed to escape during the operation, he said.

In a search at Malawan’s residence and vehicle, the police official said they recovered two large packs, three small packs and two jumbo sachets of suspected shabu estimated at around 120 grams and with a street value of over PHP1 million.

The raiding team also seized a motorcycle and tricycle that was reportedly by the suspect and her cohorts in illegal drug-related transactions.

Pauya said Malawan is a known illegal drug supplier in the city and had transferred her base several times these past months.

She said the suspect, whose husband is in jail for a drug-related case, was a major shabu supplier in Purok Silway San Juan in Barangay Dadiangas West and other villages in the city.

During the operation, Pauya said the suspects and her cohorts appeared organized and had even adopted their own surveillance system.

“We raided her previous base so she operated in lodging houses and did mobile transactions,” he said in an interview over Brigada News TV.

In a another buy-bust, Caidsotg operatives arrested suspected pusher Lawrence Joniega, 27, at his home in No. 79, Philippine Constabulary reservation compound at Camp Fermin Lira here.

Camp Fermin Lira hosts the city police headquarters and several units of the Police Regional Office-12.

Recovered from the suspect, who is included in the drug watch list of the Pendatun police station, were two sachets of suspected shabu.

Malawan and Joniega will be charged for violation of sections 5 and 11 or sale and possession of dangerous drugs, under Article II of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The five other alleged cohorts of Malawan will be facing conspiracy charges under RA 9165.