Newly-freed drug dealer killed in Mindoro shootout

January 09, 2019

A DRUG suspect who was newly-released from prison after availing of the plea bargaining agreement under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 on Tuesday night was killed in a shootout with undercover officers in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

Suspect Jose Catalan alias “Jojo” was monitored to have returned to his illicit drug ways shortly after being freed from prison, Police Regional Office 4-B director Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario Jr. said.

Members of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the San Jose Municipal Police Station and the Occidental Mindoro Police Provincial Office conducted a sting to arrest the suspect in Bgy. San Roque.

Apolinario said that the suspect had just sold a packet of shabu to an undercover officer when he sensed the trap and tried to shoot the lawman. Back-up operatives returned fire hitting the suspect who was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Saint Magdalene Hospital.

Recovered from the slain suspect were a loaded cal. .22 revolver, four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and the marked bill paid to him by the poseur.