2 killed, 325 nabbed in Cavite anti-crime drive

A STRING of anti-criminality operations in Cavite coupled with the strict enforcement of the General Community Quarantine this week resulted in the killing of two armed drug traffickers in separate shootouts and the arrest of 325 others including 70 men wanted for various criminal offenses including shabu trafficking, a report to Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr. said yesterday.

The operations also led in the seizure of over P100,000 worth of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and the apprehension of 255 GCQ violators, said Cavite Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Marlon R. Santos.

Santos said that last Tuesday, suspected drug dealer Eduardo Tagala was killed in a gunbattle with officers in Maligaya Compound in Barangay Niog 1 in Bacoor City. The buy-bust operation which turned bloody likewise led in the arrest of Luis Ballidio, Ralph Malig, Joshua delos Reyes, Roger Clerigo Jr. and Daniel Ugalde.

Recovered during the Bacoor City drug raid and 11 other buy-bust operations in the province on the same day which led in the arrest of 25 suspects were an estimated 47 grams of shabu valued at P314,000, three grams of dried marijuana leaves  and various drug paraphernalia.

Santos said that 68 GCQ violators of the GCQ specifically those found in public without face masks and violating the social distancing policy and curfew hours.

A 2nd suspect identified as Joseph Brian Argonza was also killed in a shootout with officers in Bgy. Santiago in General Trias City

On Thursday, Cavite policemen also arrested 29 men including two most wanted persons in Calabarzon region who are the subject of warrants of arrest for rape and statutory rape and estafa and apprehended 77 GCQ violators.

Fifteen anti-drug operations in the province on the same day led in the arrest of 21 suspects and the confiscation of some 28 grams of shabu worth P190,000, assorted drug paraphernalia and the marked money paid to the suspects by undercover officers.