TWENTY-four drug suspects, including a police officer and five high-value targets, were arrested by narcotics agents in separate buy-bust operations across the country
Among them was PO2 Mukramin Iddi Nani, 45, assigned at the Pangutaran Municipal Police Station in Sulu province, who was arrested in the act of selling a suspected shabu to a poseur-buyer in his neighborhood in Zamboanga City.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Isidro Lapeña said Nani was nabbed by agents of Regional Office-9 for trading six grams of shabu in two plastic sachets worth P18,000 to a narco agent.
Nani was immediately subdued and handcuffed by arresting narco agents when the latter was caught red-handed selling shabu to an agent.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently said that several policemen were included in his drug matrix along with other government officials allegedly involved in illegal drug activities either as protectors or dealers.
Nearly dozens of policemen with involvement to illegal drugs have been arrested by their comrades since the Duterte administration launched relentless operations against the drug menace that so far resulted in the killing of 1,566.
The bulk of the arrested drug personalities were in Cordillera, Zamboanga City, Lucena City and Iloilo City in the three-day relentless drug bust operations by PDEA and police operatives.
Statistics from the Cordillera regional police office showed that 50 drug suspects were killed with 700 surrenderers and 299 others arrested.
In Lucena City, five suspects including a high-value target were arrested by Highway Patrol Group operatives in Brgy Dalahican in Lucena City.
In Iloilo City meanwhile, a couple were caught red-handed selling shabu to an operative following an entrapment operations at the corner of Governor Norada Street and Muelle Loney Streets.