2 more drug suspects slain in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 July 2016 15:22

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

Two more drug suspects were killed in separate buy-bust operations that turned into violent confrontations in Tugbungan and Recodo last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, City Police Office Information Officer, disclosed that men of the Tetuan Police Station’s Station Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force led by Supt. Nonito Asdai conducted around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a buy-bust operation at Latero Drive, Tugbungan targeting Reymond Acas y Gallardo, alias Totot, 27.

However after marked money and shabu changed hands between a police poseur buyer and Acas, the latter realized that it was a police operation. He darted into his house and armed himself with a .38 cal. revolver and opened fire on the lawmen.

At this point, policemen tried to convince Acas to surrender, but he continued firing prompting the lawmen to returning fire killing him.

Policemen recovered near Acas’ body a .38 cal. revolver loaded with one bullet and five spent shells in the cylinder, shabu and some drug paraphernalia.

Acas was known in the area as an alleged notorious drug pusher who refused to submit himself to the authorities despite the intensified campaign of the national government against prohibited drugs.

Around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, men of the Ayala Police Station led by newly promoted Chief Insp. Karib Muharram staged a buy-bust operation at Purok 3B, Recodo that resulted in a shootout killing the target person identified as Ismael Pula alias Lolong.

Initial investigation disclosed that Muharram and his men together with a police poseur buyer staged a buy bust but operation against Lolong during which marked money amounting to P500 and a sachet of shabu  changed hands. While the lawmen were about to arrest Ismael, he pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and opened fire.

Muharram and his men quickly dropped to the ground and some of them took cover but Ismael continued firing at them.

Police had no choice but to return fire killing Ismael.

Recovered at the scene was the gun with ammunition and a spare of magazine loaded with bullets, one medium size sachet of shabu, P800 belonging to Ismael, P500 marked money and an improvised tooter.

Based on police record, seven suspected drug pushers have been killed in Zamboanga City since the nationwide war against drugs started early July. — Dan Toribio