Barangay official falls in anti-drug operation in Zamboanga del Sur

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov. 27 (PNA) -– Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) personnel backed by policemen and soldiers have arrested a barangay official in an anti-drug operation in Zamboanga del Sur, an official said.

Senior Supt. Michael Nicolas, Zamboanga del Sur police director, in his report to the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) headquarters, identified the arrested suspect as Ibrahim Abas, 30.

Nicolas said Abas is a barangay councilor of Boyugan West, Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur.

Nicolas said the suspect was arrested in a buy-bust operation around 2 p.m. Wednesday at Purok 1, Barangay Boyugan West, Kumalarang.

Nicolas said Abas was arrested after he sold a sachet of methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as "shabu" in exchange for PhP500 to an undercover PDEA agent.

He said the arresting team confiscated from the suspect’s possession three sachets of shabu, PhP500 “marked money,” and other prohibited drug paraphernalia.