2 suspects in P1.3-million shabu deal face drug raps

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Cotabato City, Philippines

The two suspected shabu peddlers who fell in a P1.3-million drug sting in Cotabato City on Monday are now facing criminal charges, a regional anti-narcotics official said on Wednesday, August 3. 

One of the two suspects, Dhats Kadianda Mastura, is long wanted for cases of murder, illegal possession of firearms, and narcotics trafficking. 

Rogelito Daculla, director of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA_BARMM), said Mastura, 33, and the 49-year-old Telong Adam Odin, had been charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 following their arrest on Monday. 

Daculla said Mastura and Odin, both residents of nearby Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao, were entrapped along a secluded stretch of the Cotabato City Diversion in Barangay Rosary Heights 8. 

He said the operation was carried out with the help of vigilant tipsters aware of their shabu peddling activities. 

“They are now both detained. They will have their day in court soon,” Daculla said. 

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The sting that resulted in the duo’s arrest was supported by the Cotabato City police force, the Army-led anti-terror Task Force Kutawato, and the 99th Infantry Battalion, and anti-narcotics operatives from the Bangsamoro regional police office. (John Unson)

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