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            TAWI-TAWI – Two (2) drug personalities were arrested in a buy bust operation at Barangay Tubig Basag, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi for peddling illegal drugs.

          Report from Tawi-Tawi Police Provincial Office to Police Brigadier General Samuel P Rodriguez, Regional Director of Police Regional Office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region disclosed that at about 6:20 PM of February 01, 2021, personnel of Bongao Municipal Police Station conducted an Anti – Illegal Drug (Buy Bust) Operation which resulted to the arrest of suspects identified as Julpi Junaidi Inil, 44 years old, married and Sakatti Aliuddin, 32 years old, both residents of Barangay Karungdong, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

            Operatives recovered from the suspects' possessions the following pieces of evidence: one (1) piece of heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu with an estimated value of sixty-eight thousand pesos (Php 68,000.00); one (1) piece of transparent plastic containing white crystalline granules believed to be shabu with estimated value of thirty-four thousand pesos (Php 34,000.00); buy bust money worth four thousand five hundred pesos (Php 4,500.00); one (1) unit single motorcycle XRM Honda color black without plate number; one (1) unit of keypad cellular phone color black; and other drug paraphernalia.

          After documentation, inventory, and marking of evidence on the site of operation, the arrested suspects including the confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to Bongao Municipal Police Station for thorough investigation and proper disposition. The arrested suspects were properly informed of their constitutional rights in a dialect understood by them.

             Regional Director, Police BGen Rodriguez, lauded the operating unit and reiterated that PRO BAR is determined in eradicating illegal drugs in the Bangsamoro region with intensified efforts to secure and protect the Bangsamoro people, most especially the youth, from the scourge of illegal drugs.