NABBED. Policemen arrest Momer Akari, 39, a member of the Barangay Intelligence Network in an anti-drug operation at a local motel in Barangay Canelar, Zamboanga City, on Tuesday (May 9, 2023). Seized from him were some PHP340,000 worth of shabu. (Photo courtesy of Zamboanga City Police Office)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities have arrested Zamboanga Peninsula’s eighth most-wanted illegal drug trader and a member of the Barangay Intelligence Network (BIN) in separate anti-drug operations here.

Col. Alexander Lorenzo, city police director, on Wednesday identified the suspect as Norman Sawadjaan, 35, and the BIN member as Momer Akari, 39.

Lorenzo said joint policemen and military intelligence operatives nabbed Sawadjaan in an anti-drug operation in Benz Drive, Barangay Arena Blanco at about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Seized from Sawadjaan were two plastic sachets of suspected shabu, with an estimated street value of PHP136,000, and other pieces of evidence.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo said Akari was arrested in an anti-drug operation in a motel room in Barangay Canelar, which the suspect allegedly used to sell illegal drugs to his clients, at about 2:50 a.m. on Tuesday.

Confiscated from Akari were suspected shabu drugs worth PHP340,000 and other pieces of evidence.

BIN members, also known as the “eyes and ears” of the barangay, are used to gather information that affects the peace and order situation of their community.

Charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects currently locked up at the city police detention facility. (PNA)