Newly-retired cop killed in buy-bust op

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    A NEWLY-RETIRED policeman was killed when he fought it out with operatives of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group during an anti-narcotics operation in Quezon City early morning yesterday.

    IMEG spokesman Maj. Robert Reyes said former Corporal Tirso Agustin Lactaotao, 48, who went on early retirement last Nov. 9, succumbed to gunshot wounds in different parts of the body.

    Reyes said IMEG, with the support of the National Capital Region and Calabarzon regional police offices, arrange to buy shabu from Lactaotao on Austria St. in Barangay Nova around 12:25 a.m.

    Reyes said Lactaotao opened fire when he sensed he was dealing with a PNP poseur buyer.

    He said policemen returned fire at the former cop, who was rushed to a hospital where he died upon arrival.

    “The operation is the initial result of Intelligence COPLAN (Case Operational Plan) being implemented by this Group against the involvement of the subject and other personnel in the recycling/pushing of illegal drug and use of shabu,” said Reyes.

    Citing information gathered during intelligence build-up operation, Reyes said Lactaotao was involved in illegal drug pushing in Rizal province and nearby areas.

    Recovered at the scene were Lactaotao’s 9 mm pistol, P2,000 in buy-bust money, seven sachets of suspected shabu, two cell phones, identification card and several other IDs, and three empty shells for a 9 mm pistol.

    A 33-year-old woman was nabbed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives during a buy-bust operation at Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City on Sunday night.

    Marry Ann Francisco, alias Madam, yielded half a kilo of suspected shabu worth P3.4 million and a cell phone, according to PDEA-NCR chief Joel Plaza.

    Plaza said Francisco, a resident of Tondo, Manila, was nabbed when she sold drugs to a poseur buyer at the parking lot of Cubao Expo at around 8 p.m.

    Two alleged drug pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Paranaque City last Sunday night.

    Police identified the two as Johnny De Leon, 50; and Joel Dela Cruz, 48. Seized from them were six sachets of suspected shabu. – With Rod Lagusad