Government troops seized illegal drugs, firearms in drug raid

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Firearms and suspected ‘shabu’ were seized in a joint operation by government forces in Rajah Buayan on Friday, October 4, 2019.

The combined government forces of 33rd Infantry Battalion and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted the operation against the drug suspects, Welly Akil Utto and his cohorts.

At around 11:45 a.m., the operating troops served search warrant for the violation of RA 9516 known as the Illegal Possession of explosive, RA 10591 known as Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition, and RA 9165 known as Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002 at Brgy. Panadtaban, Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao.

Confiscated from the operation were 2 cal. 45 pistols, 2 Baofeng, 8 cellular phones, assorted ammunition, suspected shabu with an estimated value of P500.00, and illegal drug paraphernalia.

Lt. Col. Elmer M. Boongaling, Commander of 33rd IB, said that the suspects managed to escape when they saw the arresting troops approaching towards their location.

“I commend our government troops for their fast action and I assure you that 6th ID will continue to support the Law Enforcement Operations on government campaigns against Illegal drugs and other forms of criminalities,” said Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon.”I am urging our civilian counterparts to be vigilant at all times and report immediately any suspicious acts or persons to the authority,” Maj. Gen. Carreon added.

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