2 armed suspects killed, P6.8M shabu recovered.
AN anti-narcotics operation in Clarin, Bohol shortly before noon Sunday led to a gunbattle which left two armed suspects dead shortly after they and four cohorts conspired to sell a kilo of shabu worth P6.8 million to an undercover officer, Police Regional Office 7 director, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas reported yesterday.
Slain during the firefight in Barangay Bacani in Clarin municipality at 11:17 a.m. were Esterio Quiño and Isagani Cañete, both tagged as ‘high-value’ drug targets in Bohol, said Sinas.
According to the official, members of the Bohol Police Provincial Office headed by Colonel Jonathan Cabal conducted the buy-bust operation which also resulted in the arrest of Ericson Redulla, 28, Victor Quiño, 58; Joseph Cañete, 33, and Arnel Lauron, 20.
Recovered during the sting were 34 plastic packets containing a kilo of the prohibited drugs, different drug paraphernalia, one caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing several live ammunition, several mobile phones, a KG9 machine pistol with a loaded magazine and the P100,000 worth of boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill.
The arrested suspects were brought to the Clarin Municipal Police Station for documentation and filing of charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Sinas commended the Bohol policemen as well as members of the PRO7 Regional Special Operations Group and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency who were involved in the successful drug sting.