2 drug group members, pusher nabbed in SoCot town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Anti-drug operatives arrested two alleged members of an illegal drug group and another suspected pusher in separate raids on Sunday in Sto. Niño town in South Cotabato province.

Valente Cariño, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region 12 director, said Monday the suspects were arrested during a series of pre-dawn search operations in Barangay Ambalgan, Sto. Niño.

The operations were led by PDEA-12 personnel and backed by elements from the Police Regional Office 12’s Regional Mobile Force Battalion, South Cotabato Police Drug Enforcement Unit, South Cotabato Police Mobile Force Company and the Sto. Niño municipal police station.

Armed with search warrants, he said the joint operatives initially stormed two houses at Purok 10X10, owned by suspected pushers Ibrahim Ambalgan alias Mastura Ambalgan, 40, and Alvin Balao, 43.

Seized from Ambalgan’s house was a pack of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu weighing about 25 grams and valued at around P125,000, he said. (AMS/PNA)