19 nabbed, guns seized in Maguindanao


COTABATO CITY: A joint illegal drugs operation by the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6th ID) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) resulted in the arrest of 19 armed drug suspects involved in big-time illegal drug activities in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. Also confiscated were 13 unlicensed firearms. Lt. Colonel Zosimo Oliveros, Army’s 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion commander, said PDEA-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao director Edgar Apalla led the operation in the villages of Tapian and Kusiong in Datu Odin Sinsuat on Wednesday. Apalla said arrested during the raid were armed leaders identified only as “Commander Biente” and “Commander Lawin” together with 17 of their armed followers. Confiscated were about one-half kilo of shabu packed in small and big sachets, as well as several high-powered firearms, including one M-203 grenade launcher, two M-14 rifles, a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), six caliber 45 pistols and ammunition.


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