At least five kilograms of suspected “shabu” were recovered by security forces at abandoned houses of incumbent vice mayor and former mayor of Marawi City during a house-to-house search for terrorist in the strife-torn Islamic capital.
The five kilos of shabu were seized by police and military forces at the houses owned by former Marawi City mayor Fajad Salic and incumbent Vice Mayor Arafat Salic in Barangay Cabingan Sabado Friday.
Last Friday, two kilos of shabu worth P10 million were also recovered by ground troops at the house of former Marawi City mayor Omar Solitario Ali.
The Department of National Defense has released several names of personalities and Ali’s was among in the list that may have direct and indirect links in the Marawi City crisis and other parts of Mindanao.
Chief Insp. William Santos of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said the Salic family were suspected drug lords in Marawi and were included in the drug list by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Fajad Salic was earlier arrested for his supposed links with the terrorists that attacked Marawi City and rebellion charges has been filed against the former local executive.
He was transferred to the Camp Bagong Diwa detention cell in Taguig City to prevent terrorists from spiriting him out of jail.
Reports said that both houses have been abandoned in the early stages of the intense fighting between security forces and the Maute group. The area was also reportedly used as a staging area of the terrorist group during the attack.
Authorities are still verifying the source of the shabu that were found in the two houses of the Salic clan.
Santos also said the vice mayor is an alleged supporter of the Islamic State-inspired group.
“Yes, he is also a supporter of the Maute group along with his arrested brother (Fajad). We have also recovered foils inside the of Vice Mayor Salic house. We also saw “I love ISIS” writing at a wall inside the house,” Santos said.
“It clearly shows that the house situated at the Marawi State University (MSU) compound was used as the staging area,” Santos added.
A field testing of the shabu confirmed that the substance is of “high grade” quality.
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