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Combined elements of Lanao del Sur PPO from PDEU/PSOG led by PLT Joel S Lebrilla, 1st PMFC personnel and Poonabayabao MPS led by PMAJ Achmad T Solaiman Jr., together with RIU15 and 1403rd RMFC conducted Intel Driven Buy-Bust Operation in Brgy. Bansayan Lumbac, Poonabayabao, Lanao Del Sur on April 1, 2022 that resulted to the siezure of one M16 A1 rifle and 40 grams of shabu.
Operatives identified the suspect as Khalid Mangandiri a.k.a Ronie Masarangan, 38 years old, married, farmer, and a resident of Brgy. Bansayan Lumbac, Poonabayabao, Lanao del sur.
Report from Lanao Del Sur PPO disclosed that the said operation resulted to the arrest of the a.k.a Ronnie after he handed to the poseur buyer two (2) heat sealed transparent plastic sachet that contains white Crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and received one (1) five hundred peso bill (P500.00) as payment.
Further, seized from the suspect's possession were thirty three (33) small heat sealed plastic sachet and medium size heat sealed plastic pack containing white crystalline substance believed to be "Shabu" with a total weight of 40 grams and Standard Drug Price (SDP) of two hundred seventy two thousand pesos(P272,000.00), one (1) unit M16A1 chamber loaded bearing serial number RPO34570 with two (2) magazines and ten(10) live ammunitions, one(1) digital weighing scale, cellphone (OPPO), assorted drug paraphernalia, one(1) identification card, and the buy-bust money.
The suspect was apprised of his constitutional rights in a dialect known to him. He and the recovered pieces of evidence were brought to Poonabayabao MPS for proper disposition.
Charges for violation of Sec. 5, 11, and 12 of R.A 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002) and R.A 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) are being prepared for filing in court against the suspect.
PBGEN Arthur R Cabalona lauded the efforts of the operating troops for the relentless fight against illegal drugs.
"PRO BAR will relentlessly pursue those people who are engaged in illegal drug trade including those who are benefitting from it", the Regional Director said.