POLICE operatives on Monday rescued four young boys who are being used as drug couriers by a notorious criminal gang in a suburban village in Malaybay City, Bukidnon province, police reports said on Tuesday.
Reports reaching the Philippine National Police Operations Center in Camp Crame said that the four boys after police raided a house of a certain Jabar Pajaonan alias “Bong Bangus” at Purok 2, Barangay 9, of the said city.
Police said that Pajaonan is the alleged leader of a criminal gang engaged in illegal drug trafficking activities in Northern Mindanao region.
CIDG director, Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, quoting reports from the field, said that Pajaonan was the target of the operation covered by a search warrant issued by Judge Teresita Abang-Camannong of the Regional Trial Court of Malaybalay City.
The said raid failed to capture Pajaonan, but resulted to the rescue of the four young boys and the seizure of huge cache of firearms, explosives, illegal drugs and paraphernalia.
Seized items from the house consist of one Thompson sub-machine gun; an M16 air soft rifle; four pieces of fragmentation grenades; magazines and several rounds of ammunitions for various types of firearms, the reports said.
The reports also added that police operatives also seized six small transparent cellophane with ‘shabu’ residue; plastic film sealer; improvised tooter pipe; used aluminum foil; lighter and 26 pieces transparent plastic cellophane.
The four rescued boys, ages 11 to 15, were turned over by CIDG to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for proper disposition while charges are set to be filed against Pajaonan before the court.
Operatives of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) based in Bukidnon jointly carried out the operation.