Quezon City police operatives rounded up 85 drug suspects, including an alleged notorious drug lord and a member of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), when they swooped down anew on three drug dens in a Muslim compound Friday morning.
Around 40 anti-illegal drugs operatives of the Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) raided at about 11:30 a.m. the drug dens on Libyan St. inside the Salaam Mosque Compound, Barangay Culiat, QC.
Of the arrested suspect, 61 are men, 16 women, and eight minors.
Police said the suspects were caught while holding pot sessions and drug transactions.
Among those arrested were Hadji Abraham and Juraid Sahibbu, owner of two of the three alleged drug dens.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said Abraham was identified as a high-value target for supplying illegal drugs in the area.
Sahibbu, meanwhile, is allegedly a member of the ASG.
In fact, he said, the operation was also conducted after receiving an intelligence report from the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters.
Police, however, failed to arrest the owner of the third house, identified as a certain “Sedeng,” and its alleged keeper, known as alias “Bin Laden.”
Police said Sedeng’s house was also one of the drug dens earlier raided by the PS-3 last August 31, where a total of 72 drug suspects were apprehended.
A total of 33 sachets of suspected “shabu” weighing about 100 grams, four sachets of marijuana weighing seven grams, and various drug paraphernalia were recovered from drug dens.
Also found in the place were a .38-caliber revolver, an improvised samurai, and three live ammunition of a 9-mm caliber handgun.
Eleazar said charges for violation of 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the adult suspects at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.
The minors will be turned over to the city’s Social Welfare and Development department for proper disposition.
(Vanne Elaine Terrazola)