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Lanao board exec, wife, three others face drug charges

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY”•The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday it had caught what it described as the biggest narco-politician here to date and three other incumbent officials.

PDEA Region 10 and ARMM arrested Hussien Magandia, a Provincial Board member of Lanao del Sur, his wife Norhainah Magandia, son-in-law Amienquialed Dimal, an incumbent councilor of Marawi city and Aktar Magandia, former chairman of Maguing Proper village in Maguing Lanao del Sur.

PDEA ARMM regional director Juvenal Azurin said they had conducted an almost year-long surveillance of the family.

PDEA, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National police, armed with a search warrant issued by judge Alandrex Betoya, executive judge of RTC branch 16, raided their house on White Flower Street, Sitio Bacayo in Tubod, Iligan City, on Sept. 19, 2018 and found one plastic sachet containing suspected shabu weighing 500 grams worth P3.4 million, a cal. 357 revolver, drug materials and financial and bank documents.

Azurin said Norhainah Magandia was also a first cousin of drug queen Lovely Adams Impal who was arrested in January 2017 by PDEA agents.

He said they were now extracting information from the suspects and the notebooks they confiscated to determine the extent of their illegal drug operations.

“They are the biggest narco-politicians that we arrested this year,” Azurin said.

He said the family did not appear in President Rodrigo Duterte’s “matrix” of politicians involved in illegal drug operations.


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