Cop killed, 2 wounded in Recodo shootout; drug ring leader slips : 6 more members fall as police, PDEA out to dismantle syndicate PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 April 2012 14:11

A policeman was killed while his colleague and a civilian were wounded in a shootout last Thursday afternoon between government forces and members of a drug syndicate that has made Recodo in the west coast its center of illegal and criminal operations.

Six more suspected members of the syndicate were arrested in addition to two others who were collared Wednesday as the city police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are bent on dismantling the syndicate that is reportedly engaged in a regionwide, if not nationwide, drug trafficking. Its members are said to be also involved in gun-for-hire and other criminal activities.

Killed in Thursday’s shootout was PO2 Roberto Tucay of the PNP’s Special Action Force. Wounded were PO3 Flavio Enriquez Jr., of the Regional Intelligence Division and Hadjing Latip, 80, a civilian and resident of Purok 8, Recodo.

Arrested were Muhiddin Ismael y Huni, 40, Jerhan Huni y Hawani, 25, Kadil Ismael y Huni, 30, Mursadar Sakandal y Abdulla, 24, Edmond Agustin y Loreto, 22, and Marsid Sahi, 20, all residents of Recodo.

A police report said that PDEA agents led by Regional Director Supt. Adzhar Albani, operatives of the Regional Intelligence Division, Zamboanga City Police Office, RPSB 9, PNP SAF, PCTC 9 and RCIDU 9 went to Recodo to serve a warrant of arrest on  Margani Samla alias Binladen, but the latter’s group rained them with bullets to triggering a shootout.

Tucay was hit by bullets and died on the spot while Enriquez and Latip were taken to the hospital for treatment of bullet wounds.

The report said that after the exchange of gunfire, Samla was nowhere to be found. He was believed to have managed to escape while the government forces were approaching the syndicate’s  drug den. 

Government forces recovered two M14 rifles and a grenade at Samla’s drug den.

Thursday’s shootout caused the evacuation of some 150 Recodo residents who were afraid of getting caught in the crossfire.

Lawmen were still in the area yesterday morning searching for Samla.

Samla is the right hand of Nadzul Alih, the leader of the syndicate who was arrested three weeks ago in a restaurant in Canelar. – Dan Toribio Jr.