Rescue try vs arrested drug group leader foiled: 6 alleged syndicate members nabbed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:34

Six alleged members of a notorious Recodo-based drug syndicate were arrested after they attempted to rescue their leader from the custody of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents who were taking him to court yesterday morning in Sta. Barbara, this city.

PDEA Regional Director Sr. Supt. Adzhar Albani told newsmen that they were taking Nadzhul Alih, alias Katindig, leader of  a drug syndicate, when a  white Izusu Trooper with dark plate surfaced and tried to block their path near the Hall of Justice.

Albani said when they saw armed men aboard the Isuzu Trooper, he and his men alighted from their vehicle, cornered the suspects and arrested them.
The suspects were identified as Sanong Alam, 42, Abraham Mohammad, 36, Salam Usni, 36, all members of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit based in Recodo, Larry Alam, 37, Mahamud Malili, 32, and Wally Allama, 38, their team leader, all military “assets”, residents of Recodo.

The PDEA agents confiscated from their possession three assault rifles, three handguns, one hand grenade and a shabu pack which was fished out from Allama’s pocket.

Alih was nabbed by the PDEA agents led by Albani at a restaurant in Canelar last Friday night on the strength of a warrant for violation of Section 5, Article 2 of Republic Act 9165 with no bail bond recommended and violation of Section 11, Article 2 of Republic Act 9165 with recommended bail of P200,000.

When arrested, Alih presented a military identification card with an alias name — “Ismael Asmadi” with the rank of Corporal assigned with the ARMMUC, WMC, AFP based in Camp Navarro (Western Mindanao Command) with appointment letter, mission order, property acknowledgement receipt for equipment and certification/plantilla and duly signed by Maj. Aldam Samsawi (INF), Army Intelligence Officer.

The PDEA men recovered from Alih’s possession a 9mm pistol with three magazines loaded with 49 rounds of ammunition.

Aside from the drug case, Alih has pending warrant of arrest for frustrated murder and murder while Allama is wanted for frustrated murder.
Alih is Number 1 in the city’s drug list in the city and Number 3 in the region.

It was learned that wanted and notorious drug pusher “Binladen” is follower of Alih based in Recodo.

Albani said that after they arrested Alih, he received a reliable information that the latter’s followers will mount a rescue operation at the PDEA headquarters.

Albani alerted his men and sought for back-up forces from other government agencies.

Last Sunday night, female relatives of Alih camped outside the PDEA office to stop his followers from rescuing him and avoid a bloody confrontation.

Albani added that before they took Alih to the court yesterday, he coordinated with the police and military to put up personnel along way to the Hall of Justice.

However, two unknown vans with armed men aboard were spotted along Suterville area. The two vans however disappeared after they saw the police and military along the road.

The Isuzu Trooper with six armed men aboard, was spotted at Upper Calarian tailing the service vehicle of PDEA up to the city proper. At Sta. Barbara, the Isuzu Trooper tried to block the path of the PDEA vehicle. It is at this point that the suspects were arrested.

The six suspects were taken to the central police station for proper booking and were later brought to the PDEA headquarters where they were detained.

Albani said they will file charges of frustrated murder, illegal possession of firearms and explosives and illegal drugs against the suspects.
Malili claimed they were just instructed by their leader Allama to escort Alih to court. – Dan Toribio Jr.