Illegal drugs, firearms and bullets seized in CDO

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Cagayan de Oro (CNN Philippines, September 9) — Anti-narcotics agents and the Martial Law Special Action Group (MLSAG) have arrested a local businessman and two others after confiscating nearly P300,000 worth of suspected illegal drugs, firearms, and explosives in Barangay Bulua early Monday.

Through a court order, agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Northern Mindanao (PDEA-10) and the MLSAG swooped down and searched the two-story house of 53-year-old Rico Bacon, in Apovel Subdvision, Bulua village.

Authorities recovered nine packs of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) weighing around 45 grams and worth about P270,000.

Also seized were a 9 millemeter caliber pistol, a hand grenade and bullets.

The team also arrested Bacon's wife, Mary Ann, and brother-in-law, identified as Virgilio Toledo, after another hand grenade was found inside the latter's room.

"Ang subject sa search warrant is illegal drugs, ang mga armas ug explosives are incidental to a lawful search," Senior Police Officer 4 Noel Oclarit, City Executive Senior Police Officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Cagayan de Oro City (CIDG-CDOC), said.

Oclarit said authorities are still investigating other activities of the suspects.

PDEA-Northern Mindanao regional director Adrian Albariño said they have been tracking the movements of the suspects within the illegal drug trade.

Albariño said the suspects are believed to be connected to the Parojinogs of Ozamis City and a criminal group originating from Misamis Occidental.

Bacon is detained at the PDEA jail facility while Toledo is at the CIDG-10 detention cell.

The suspects will face charges of drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives