<p>MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Monday it arrested four drug personalities, including a target-listed, during a buy-bust operation in Zamboanga Sibugay.
<p>PDEA Director General Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. identified the suspects as Bonifacio Abao, Jr., alias Dondon, 33 years old, married, the No. 3 drug personality in the PDEA target-list in Zamboanga Sibugay and residing at Purok 8, Barangay Ladicha, Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay; Lloyd Elisan, alias Nonoy, 27, a resident and son of the Barangay Chairman of Sta. Cruz, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay; Jorlie Alimani, alias Jojo, 36, a resident of Barangay Ladicha, Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay; and Clio Ledama, 22, residing in Sta. Cruz, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
<p>The suspects were arrested by the joint elements of PDEA Regional Office 9 (PDEA RO9) and Zamboanga Sibugay Police Office under Director Adzhar Aidarus Albani during a buy-bust operation conducted along Purok 8, Barangay Ladicha, Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay Province after Abao sold one plastic sachet of shabu to PDEA poseur-buyer. Further search on Abao yielded another three plastic sachets of shabu.
<p>“The arrest of Bonifacio Abao, Jr. will create a significant impact in our anti-drug campaign in Zamboanga Sibugay, especially that he is a publicly known pusher in Malangas”, Gutierrez said.
<p>The suspects now face charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 7 (Visitors of a Den), and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II, of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
<p>Meanwhile, elements of PDEA CAR, under Director Gil Castro arrested Thomas Murph Clarens Cayambas, 37 years old, a resident of OB77 Boted Tawang, La Trinidad, Benguet, and Joel Bugnosen, 39, residing in Demang, Sagada, Mountain Province in a buy-bust operation conducted on March 24, 2012 along Jade Well, Burnham, Baguio City after they sold one bar of hashish to a PDEA poseur-buyer.
<p>The suspects are now under the custody of PDEA CAR. Charges for violation of Section 26 (Conspiracy) in relation to Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002, are now being prepared against the suspects.