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PRESS RELEASE NO. 098/17

DATE: FEBRUARY 23, 2017

A suspected drug den maintainer was arrested by elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bagua Mother, Cotabato City on February 21, 2017.

PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña identified the suspect as Faisal Caurak y Manding alias Faisal Diokolano, 34 years old, a watch listed drug personality and a drug den maintainer, married and a resident of Purok Waling-Waling, Campo Muslim, Barangay Bagua Mother, Cotabato City, Maguindanao.

At around 10:00 in the morning, elements of the PDEA Regional Office-ARMM (PDEA RO-ARMM) under the direct supervision of Director Bryan B. Babang conducted a buy-bust operation against Caurak in a house utilized as a drug den in Purok Waling-Waling, Barangay Bagua Mother, Cotabato City. 

The operation resulted in the arrest of Caurak after he sold and handed one small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu to a poseur-buyer.

During the conduct of the operation, various individuals were seen inside having a “pot session.” However, they scampered to unknown directions and managed to elude arrest.

Seized from the operation were seven (7) pieces of heat-sealed transparent sachets containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu and other drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money.

Appropriate charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Section 6 (Maintenance of a Den) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed in court against Caurak.

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