Four "Primo" drug syndicate members arrested in seaside Sarangani town

Breaking News • Sun Aug 13, 2017 01:31 PM  •  247   0
By John Unson
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Maasim, Sarangani
Maasim, Sarangani
GENERAL SANTOS CITY --- Agents arrested on Saturday a barangay chairman and three other high-value targets of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. 

The 44-year-old Radjik Aslaman Kudarat, incumbent chairman of Barangay Tinoto in Maasim town in Sarangani, and his accomplices, Romeo Dindamsali Gulam, 42, Junior Hailen, 40, and Rosatima Hailen, 40, are now in the custody of PDEA. 

Gil Cesario Castro, PDEA’s director for Region 12, said on Sunday that all four of them shall be prosecuted for violation of Republic Act 9165 that prohibits possession and trafficking of narcotics. 

He said they will be charged too with illegal possession of firearms, found in their hideouts by raiding teams in a series of operations last Saturday. 

The four suspects belong to the “Primo” drug syndicate, a large-scale distributor of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) in Sarangani province and in General Santos City. 

Besides shabu, PDEA-12 agents and combined provincial and municipal police personnel also found in the houses of the suspects three M-16 assault rifles, a .30 caliber Carbine and a .45 caliber pistol and assorted ammunition of various calibers. 

Castro said the four Primo gang members were arrested one after another on Saturday in raids assisted by the anti-crime Task Force Gensan, the Police Regional Office-12, the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion, and officials of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.
 

Castro said he is grateful to members of the Sarangani provincial peace and order council and local officials in Maasim town for leading them to the hideouts of the four drug dealers.

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