Methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, with an estimated value of P6 million, was intercepted during a checkpoint operation conducted by anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in collaboration with local police on October 20, 2014 in Cotabato City.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. said that the illegal drug, weighing approximately one kilogram and placed inside a large transparent plastic sachet, was confiscated from suspects identified as couple Tato K. Felmin, 35 years old; his wife, Alma, 27; and Fahad B. Guiapar, 19, a male from Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
At around 8:00 in the evening, combined elements of PDEA Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA RO-ARMM) under Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz, and teams from Cotabato City Police Station 3 intercepted the suspects on board a blue-colored Elf truck with plate number UEX-220 carrying the illegal drug in a checkpoint at Purok Silangan, Sinsuat Avenue, Tamontaka, Cotabato City.
The operation was a result of the information received from a confidential informant reporting that illegal drugs will be transported from Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao to Cotabato City on board a truck.
Seized piece of drug evidence was brought to PDEA RO-ARMM Laboratory Office for forensic examination.
A case for violation of Section 5 (Transportation of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, is being prepared for filling in court against the suspects who are presently detained at PDEA RO-ARMM jail facility.