Troops, PDEA capture known drug personality in Lanao


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A known drug personality was captured following a shootout early Tuesday with combined military and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives in Lanao del Norte.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson, identified the arrested drug personality as Ismael Matuan Sarip, who was wounded during the shootout.

Tan said the troops seized from Sarip following a shootout around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday the following: three sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as shabu worth PhP20,000; an M16A1 rifle (Baby Armalite), a shotgun, ammunition, PhP5,000 marked money and other documents.

He said Sarip was arrested by joint PDEA operatives of Region 10 and troops from the Army’s 4th Mechanized Battalion and 15th Infantry Battalion.

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He said military troops continue to assist law enforcers in the intensified conduct of operations against illegal drugs here in Mindanao. (PNA)

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