CABANATUAN CITY – Police neutralized a suspected drug trafficker during an armed encounter in San Jose City while 13 others, including nine suspects caught having a pot session, were nabbed in separate anti-drug operations conducted in other parts of Nueva Ecija on Sunday.
In San Jose City, police head Lt. Col. Heryl Bruno identified the slain suspect as Christian Limuel De Guzman, 31, of Bgy. Linglingay, Science City of MuHoz, who traded shots with undercover lawmen after consummating a drug deal in Bgy. Calaocan at 1:20 a.m. yesterday.
In this city, provincial police head Col. Leon Victor Rosete said operatives of the provincial intelligence branch responded to a tip from a reliable asset and arrested five men sniffing shabu while having a drinking spree in a house near an irrigation canal in Bgy. Bitas at 11:30 a.m.
Rosete identified those five nabbed as Jerome Antonio (house owner), Rhyan Monetra, Raniel Tabigne, Jovel Montera, and Dave Paraj, who all yielded a plastic sachet containing shabu and some drug paraphernalia.
In Talavera, police conducted a buy-bust operation in Bgy. Pula and caught four suspects while having a pot session at 1:10 a.m. yesterday. The arrested four were identified as Jojit Reyes, 41, Alberto Lacsamana, 40, alias Betong, Mark Midrano, 32, alias Mac, and Edna Midrano, all of Bgy. Pula.
In another Talavera drug sting, suspect Sonny Boy Antonio, of Bgy. Mabini Homesite, this city, allegedly fainted when anti-drug operatives nabbed him in Bgy. San Miguel na Munti at 11:45 p.m. Sunday. This prompted lawmen to rush him to a nearby hospital.
Three other drug suspects were arrested in the towns of San Isidro and Cabiao and in the Science City of MuHoz, identified as Paolo Villamor, 22, of Bgy. Sto. Cristo, San Isidro; Steve Pakingking, 38, of Bgy. San Roque, Cabiao; and Reynaldo Luquinas Milnda, 50, alias Amang, of Bgy. Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz.