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Bulacan cops kill 2 drug traffickers in shootouts

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
  • Published in Provincial
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TWO armed suspected shabu traffickers in Bulacan were killed in separate encounters with the local police yesterday morning, Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said.

In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Aaron N. Aquino, the official identified the slain suspects as one alias ‘Big Boy,’ said to be a 45-year-old resident of Sitio Tumana, Bgy. San Jose, Baliwag town; and Alvin de la Torre, of Santa Maria municipality. The first slain suspect’s live-in partner, Amelia de Guzman, was also arrested during the operation.
   
Caramat said members of the Baliwag Municipal Police Station, headed by Supt. Froilan Uy, shot and killed the first suspect after he tried to engage them in a firefight after sensing the entrapment operation in Sitio Tumana at 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
   
Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession were a loaded cal. .22 revolver, four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, various drug paraphernalia and a marked P500 bill paid to him by an undercover officer. De Guzman was also arrested during the sting and is now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
   
De la Torre was gunned down by members of the Santa Maria Municipal Police Station in Bgy. Catmon at 12:40 a.m. yesterday, said Caramat.
   
He said officers from the Santa Maria Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group went after the suspect amid persistent reports on his involvement in illicit drug trafficking and abuse in his neighborhood.
   
Caramat said the suspect pulled out a concealed firearm and tried to shoot the poseur after he sensed the presence of undercover officers in the area. The officers returned fire and killed the suspect. De Guzman’s still unidentified companion escaped on board a motorcycle and is still being tracked down.
   
The official said his men confiscated seven heat-sealed plastic sachets containing 2.2 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P12,000, a cal. .38 revolver without serial number and with three live ammunition and two spent cartridges in its cylinder, a folding knife and a marked P500 bill from the suspect.