2 drug suspects killed in Cebu City
AS the government war on illegal drugs continues, two more suspects were shot dead in separate incidents in Cebu City Monday evening; with one killed in a motel during a police operation, and the other by an unidentified gunman on the street.
In a buy-bust operation at Prince Court Hotel in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City at past 8 p.m., elements of the Regional Special Operations Group-Regional Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Force gunned down a suspected drug dealer identified as Jay Sanchez, a resident of Barangay Matab-ang Toledo City.
According to Chief Insp. Dexter Calacar, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), when Sanchez noticed that he was transacting with a police poseur buyer, he engaged the operatives in a shootout.
The suspect suffered gunshot wounds on his body and was declared dead on arrival at the Mandaue City Hospital where he was brought following the shooting.
Recovered from Sanchez were three plastic packs believed to contain shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), a .22 caliber revolver and P3,000 cash, police said.
About four hours later, in Barangay Labangon Cebu City, another man who was walking along Katipunan Street was shot dead by an unknown assailant.
The victim, who had yet to be identified, bore a tattoo on his right chest which read “Jaggy Diaz.”
Police believed the tattoo referred to Cebu drug lord Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz who was killed in a police operation in Las Piñas City last June.
Senior Insp. Manuel Cañete of the Cebu City Police Office’s homicide division said a witness narrated that the victim was walking along the street when the assailant shot him from behind.
The victim reportedly pulled out a gun from his backpack and tried to fire back at the suspect; but the victim’s gun malfunctioned.
Recovered from the crime scene were seven empty shells of a 9 mm pistol, and a KG-9 submachine gun allegedly owned by the victim.
Meanwhile, five suspected drug personalities were arrested early morning yesterday in a string of police anti-drug operations conducted in Barangay Calajoan, Minglanilla town, southern Cebu.
Po3 Nicky Carlo Plarisan said police led by Chief Inspector Francisco Fajardo responded to a call from a “concerned citizen” reporting the presence of an armed person in the area.
Upon reaching the place, police arrested Junrey Racho Maquilan, a resident of the barangay, for brandishing his gun.
Recovered from Maquilan’s possession were a .38 revolver with 6 live bullets and 10 small sachets containing a substance believed to be shabu, police said.
In another operation still in Calajoan, Minglanilla three men found visiting a drug den, reportedly maintained by a certain “Maniac”, were arrested.
The suspects were identified as Joseph Aliden, Alfredo Caparas and Argue Acruz.
Another drug suspect, Randy Camacho, was also arrested following a brief chase with policemen.
Recovered from his possession were 10 small sachets of illegal drugs, according to police.
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