FOUR armed suspected drug traffickers were killed in separate gunbattles with undercover officers in the province while 23 others were arrested in a string of anti-narcotics operations since last Friday week, a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said.
Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Chito G. Bersaluna, identified the slain suspects as Frederick Mallo, Eugenio Lopez, one alias ‘Van’ and a certain ‘Jay.’
Mallo, a notorious drug dealer whose name is included in the watchlist of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency was shot dead in a firefight with members of the San Jose del Monte City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit under Lieutenant Col. Orlando Castil Jr. in Sitio Paculis in Barangay Gaya-Gaya at 1:40 a.m. last Friday, the official said.
The suspect yielded a loaded caliber 9mm with three spent cartridges and a live ammunition, nine heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and a marked P500 bill paid to him by the poseur.
On the other hand, Lopez alias ‘Enyong,’ a 39-year old resident of Block 14, Lot 5 in Bgy. San Rafael and the two other suspects were killed in a shootout with San Jose del Monte City policemen at 12:45 a.m. Saturday.
“The suspects opened fire at the undercover officer when they sensed the ongoing entrapment operation prompting back-up operatives to retaliate,” said Bersaluna.
Recovered from the slain suspects were two improvised 12-gauge shotguns, one cal. .38 revolver, several live and spent ammunition, 19 plastic sachets containing shabu, various drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money.
Bersaluna said the other suspects were arrested in separate anti-narcotics operations in San Jose del Monte City and the municipalities of San Miguel, Bocaue and Santa Maria.
Recovered from the suspects were 15 plastic sachets containing shabu, two plastic packets with dried marijuana leaves, marked money and assorted drug paraphernalia.
All arrested suspects are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165, the official said.