OPERATIVES of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office killed a suspected drug pusher and arrested his seven cohorts in an operation in San Jose del Monte on Wednesday night.
Col. Lawrence Cajipe, Bulacan PPO director, identified the fatality as Jessie Cruz, a resident of Sitio Pechayan, Barangay Graceville. Nabbed were Aaron Martinez, Rogelio Miranda, Restituto Ellima, Rolando Doncillo, Jessie Buatona, Maryjoy del Rosario, and Ronnie Valcoba.
Cajipe said agents swooped down on Cruz’s lair after an undercover cop bought shabu from him. Instead of peacefully giving up, Cruz reportedly engaged the raiding team to a brief shootout.
Recovered from the scene were five sachets of still undetermined amount of suspected shabu, an improvised shotgun, a shell for a .9 mm bullet, drug paraphernalia, and the buy-bust money.
In Quezon City, three men who sold dried marijuana leaves to an undercover agent were arrested by operatives of Station 10 on Wednesday afternoon.
Police Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo said an undercover cop from the QCPD Station 10 sealed a deal for three men to deliver dried marijuana leaves worth P20,000 at Monte De Piedad St. in Barangay Immaculate Conception.
The three – Noriel Longabela, 20, Ray Leonard Balasbas, 26, and Peejay Florendo, 26 years old, all from Barangay Immaculate Conception – where collared after the transaction was completed.
Aside from the buy-bust money, police confiscated one kilogram of dried marijuana leaves worth P120,000 from the three.
Three men were arrested in buy-bust operations in Pasig and San Juan yesterday, with P39,440 worth of suspected shabu seized from them.
Brig. Gen. Johnson Almazan, Eastern police district director, identified the three as John Ambagan, 31; Reyanaldo Borjal, 53; and Rodelio Cruz, 55. Recovered from them were 5.8 grams of suspected shabu. – With Christian Oineza