A SUSPECTED distributor of illegal drugs in several villages in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental was arrested while his son was wounded in a sting operation by the anti-narcotics agency around 8 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Barangay Kimaya, Jasaan town in Misamis Oriental.
Agent Ben Calibre of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Northern Mindanao identified the target drug suspect as Dixon Sambaan while his son was identified as Val Oneil Sambaan, both residents of Puntod village, this city.
Authorities also arrested three other drug personalities identified as Mcdowell Eballe, Fernando Bomotano, and Fernan Macariola, who are all present during the drug bust.
Calibre said the older Sambaan had been tagged as a distributor of methamphetamine hydrochloride or "shabu" in Barangays 22, 26, Macabalan, Puntod and Kimaya in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.
He was also in the drug watchlist of the PDEA and the police.
During the arrest, Calibre said the younger Sambaan fired his 9mm revolver, forcing the PDEA operatives to shoot and neutralized the suspect.
The younger Sambaan sustained gunshot wound on his butt and was rushed to the hospital for medication.
The wounded suspect was in stable condition and had joined other suspects detained at the PDEA-Northern Mindanao jail facility.
Authorities seized P100,000 worth of suspected "shabu" and drug paraphernalia, 45 caliber pistol owned by the older Sambaan, and the 9mm revolver in possession of the latter's son.
Calibre said the Sambaan's and Macariola tested positive for illegal drug use.
The suspects will be charged with violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
The Sambaans will also be charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and direct assault for the younger Sambaan.
The City Prosecutor’s Office, meanwhile, found probable cause to charge the lawyer, businessman, and another drug personality who were arrested by PDEA operatives in a drug bust in Patag village, this city last Wednesday, March 22.
PDEA-Northern Mindanao agents arrested Douglas Galam, a videoke rental business owner, lawyer Ben Johnson Pabelic, a former clerk of court at Regional Trial Court Branch 37, Richard Tejero, a carpenter, Derrick Du, a welding rod agent, and Alex Tagarao, a member of the national dart team.
In a seven-page resolution penned by inquest prosecutor Jeanne Marie Sabio, Galam, Pabelic and Tejero were charged with violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act while Du and Tagarao were dropped from the complaint.
Officer-in-charge City Prosecutor Merlynn Uy said the maintenance of drug den charges (section 6 of Republic Act 9165) against Galam was dismissed for insufficient evidence.
Uy said the section 7 of RA 9165 (visiting drug den) charged against the other four suspects was also dismissed.