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PDEA-CAR arrests No. 3 in drug target list, 2 others

Baguio City (16 September) -- Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested last weekend in Baguio City the No. 3 drug personality in the Cordillera Region's target list and a woman companion who is also in the drug watch list.

Arrested in a buy-bust operation dawn of September 11 at Palma-Urbano, Baguio City were Joel De Dios Nider alias "Bong", 30, single, jobless, of Baguio City and Fatima Mallari Maliwat alias "Fatima Ibarra", 34, from Sta. Ana, Pampanga and presently residing in the city.

Confiscated from the two were three sachets of shabu approximately weighing 0.13 gram with estimated street cost of P1,500.00, five sachets with shabu residue and assorted drug paraphernalia. Also seized was a Mitsubishi Lancer car bearing plate number LDW 492 which they used in the entrapment deal.

Nider and Maliwat were charged before the Office of the City Prosecutor for violations of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

PDEA reports said Nider and Maliwat are identified members of a very notorious and long-existing drug group in Baguio City reportedly affiliated with the Bahala Na Gang.

Nider was nabbed by PDEA - CAR drug law enforcers in September 2003 for Violation of Section 5 of RA 9165 but was acquitted on in 2005. Maliwat is a former live-in partner and cohort of another drug personality, William Ibarra, according to PDEA.

Nider is said to belong to a family engaged in illegal drug business. His father, Albert Nider, was arrested in 1997 and consequently convicted under the old drug law but is now back in the illegal drug trade. Albert and his brother, Arthur, are in the drug target list and belong to the same drug group that Joel is identified with. Another brother, Allan, is presently detained at the Baguio City Jail pending the trial of drug cases filed against him when he was nabbed in March 2009, PDEA reports stated.

Earlier, PDEA Special Enforcement Team (SET) apprehended Jamal Acmad Unte alias "Pumba", 22, single, native of Marawi City and now residing in the city during a buy-bust operation last September 4.

Unte sold a sachet of shabu approximately weighing 0.3 gram to a law enforcer who acted as poseur-buyer.

Meanwhile, in efforts to strengthen advocacy campaign and involve the youth in the fight against illegal drugs, the PDEA-CAR under PCI Edgar Apalla, will conduct Teenage Drug Buster Training at the Baguio City National High School on September 17, 2010.

Among the topics the participants will be briefed include the regional and city drug situations, kinds of illegal drugs, detection of drug law violations and reporting, effects of drug abuse, why people turn to prohibited drugs and how to say "no' against illicit drugs. (PIA) [top]

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