ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police-backed operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have arrested a target-listed personality and a newly identified drug personality in a law enforcement operation in Zamboanga del Norte, an official said Saturday.
PDEA-9 director Emerson Margate identified the suspects as Sidney Sumalpong, 36, a target-listed personality; and Edwin Capili, 63, a newly identified drug personality.
Margate said the two suspects were arrested in a buy-bust around 10:25 p.m. Friday in Purok Mabulo, Barangay Galas, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.
He said the arresting team recovered from the two suspects some five grams of suspected shabu with an estimated market value of PHP34,000, as well as other pieces of evidence.
The arresting team launched the buy-bust following a series of surveillance on the illegal activities of the suspects, the PDEA-9 chief said.
Margate said charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed against the two suspects. (PNA)AX