Armed dealer killed in gunfight, wanted Indian, 8 others held

September 13, 2019

AN armed drug trafficking suspect was killed in a gunbattle with policemen in Bulacan while nine others including an Indian national wanted for drugs and homicide cases were arrested in a string of anti-criminality operations in the province on Wednesday, a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said yesterday.

Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Chito G. Bersaluna  identified the slain suspect only as one alias ‘Rommel.’

He said the suspect had just sold shabu to an undercover officer of the San Rafael Municipal Police Staiton in Barangay San Roque at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday when he sensed the entrapment and tried to shoot the poseur.

Back-up operatives returned fire killing the suspect on the spot, said San Rafael police chief, Lieutenant Col. Laurente Acquiot. Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession were one caliber .38 revolver with two spent cartridges and four live ammunition, 10 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and an improvised tooter.

Eight other suspected drug traffickers in the province were also arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Bustos, San Ildefonso, Angat and Hagonoy municipalities and Meycauayan City, the official said.

Bersaluna identified them as Garry Miranda,37; Joselito Reyes,51; Jerry Co, 32; Wilbert Mercado, 23; Reagan Celso, 34; Amy Catamora, 48;  Jonathan Catamora, 23; and Gerald Tepait, 20.

Recovered from the suspects were 16 sachets with shabu and the buy-bust money. All are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.