A drug suspect who was reportedly a source of illegal drugs in Barangay Gen. T. De Leon was killed while his cohort was arrested in a buy-bust operation before dawn yesterday in Valenzuela City.
Roger Penelleri alias “Mayor” of Sitio Cabatuhan, Bgy. Gen. T. De Leon succumbed to bullet wounds in the body while being rushed to Valenzuela Medical Center while Anthony Carvajal, 33 of 6104 Santos Compound who was with the slain suspect was subsequently arrested after the shootout.
Valenzuela police chief Senior Supt. David Nicolas Poklay said PO1 Maverick Jake Perez of Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) who acted as poseur-buyer was able to transact from the suspects a sachet of shabu worth P300 at around 2:30 a.m. along Sitio Cabatuhan.
When Perez gave the pre-arranged signal to his colleagues, Penelleri, who apparently sensed the approaching policemen, drew his firearm and fired towards the direction of lawmen, prompting SPO1 Roberto Santillan to return fire hitting the suspect in the body.
Senior Supt. Poklay said his men recovered from the slain suspect his caliber .38 revolver, 13 pieces of heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu, the buy-bust money and several of peso bill in different denominations believed to have come from the sale of illegal drugs.