Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar commended the anti-illegal drugs operation in Sulu that yielded P13.6 million worth of suspected shabu.

Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, PDEA-IX, Sulu Provincial Police Office as well as military intelligence units under the Western Mindanao Command conducted the buy-bust operation in Barangay Buanza in Indanan town.

Alleged drug dealer Yahiya Kadjuri was arrested and will be facing charges for alleged violation of Republic Act 9165 or Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Two alleged cohorts of Kadjuri were able to escape, authorities said.

While commending the drug operation and Kadjuri’s arrest, PGen Eleazar tasked the police to conduct hot pursuit operation to catch Kadjuri’s alleged cohorts, identified as Nurdalyn Sang and Tua Putol.

The Chief PNP also said a follow-up investigation must be conducted to know more about Kadjuri’s drug operations.

“I tasked the local police to conduct manhunt operation to arrest Kadjuri’s accomplices. Kailangan ding maimbestigahang mabuti kung gaano kalawak ang operasyon ni Kadjuri at kung sino ang nagsusupply sa kanya ng ilegal na droga,” PGen Eleazar said.

“Umaapela rin ako sa publiko na kung may impormasyon kayo tungkol dito, ipagbigay-alam niyo lamang sa mga awtoridad upang mahuli agad natin ang mga nakatakas na suspek,” he added.

The operation in Sulu, according to PGen Eleazar, proved once again the importance of coordination and interoperability among law enforcement agencies especially in the campaign against illegal drugs.

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