CONTINUING stepped-up anti-narcotics campaign by the Cavite Police Provincial Office last week led in the killing of two armed drug dealers in gunfights and the arrest of 72 others during ‘One-Time, Big-Time’ anti-drug drive, local police director, Senior Superintendent Arthur V. Bisnar said yesterday.
Bisnar said that in four days, they served 47 search warrants for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and conducted buy-bust operations which led in the killing of the two suspects who were both considered as ‘high-value targets’ and the arrest of 47 others.
The official said the operations also led in the seizure of three unlicensed firearms, several live ammunition and around 134 grams of shabu worth more than P700,000.
In a report to Police Regional Office 4-A director, Chief Supt. Valfrie G. Tabian, Bisnar said 13 of the arrested suspects were included in the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) watch list.
The two slain suspects identified as Joey Sibucao, 46, the 58th most wanted drug personality in Bacoor City and Francisco Luyao, 31, shot it out with members of the Bacoor City Police Station following a buy-bust operation in Barangay Molino 2.
Two loaded caliber .38 revolvers, nine heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and the marked money paid to the suspects by an undercover officer were recovered during the operation.
Bacoor City police chief, Supt. Christopher Olazo said the two suspects pulled out their concealed weapons after sensing the entrapment operation and shot it out with his men. No one was reported hurt on the side of the Bacoor police.
Two other suspects arrested were identified as Salvador Diño, 41, a resident of Bgy. San Miguel B in Maragondon town who has been tagged as the 7th most wanted person in their area and Dexter Tulagan, the 11th most wanted person in Bgy. Ilana in Trece Martires City.
A similar OTBT a week before in the province resulted in the arrest of 25 known drug personalities in the province and the confiscation of a home-made shotgun, 33 packets of shabu and various drug paraphernalia.