A drug personality on the police watchlist was killed in a shoot-out with operatives of Eastern Police District-District Anti-Illegal Drugs (EPD-DAID) while 12 others were arrested during buy-bust operations in Valenzuela City.
The fatality was identified as Neptali Celestino, alias Nepnep, 40, tricycle driver, of 204 MH Del Pilar, Bgy. Palatiw, Pasig City, according to EPD director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula.
The operation against Celestino was based on information that he was responsible for the proliferation of illegal drugs in the area.
Elements of EPD-DAID, headed by Chief Insp. Allan Miparanum, formed a team led by PO2 Roan Garcia, and conducted a buy-bust operation in Bgy. Palatiw.
Miparanum said Celestino sold a plastic sachet of suspected shabu worth P500 to an undercover agent at 9:30 p.m.
Celestino allegedly sensed he was transacting with a policeman, prompting him to pull out a cal. .22 revolver but police fired at him in self-defense.
He was declared dead on arrival at Rizal Medical Center (RMC).
Miparanum said Celestino is included in the drug watchlist of Pasig Police Station.
Police recovered transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, live ammunition for cal. .22 revolver and two spent shells for the gun.
In Valenzuela City, 10 persons, including three women, were arrested in separate anti-illegal drug operations Monday night and yesterday morning.
Valenzuela police chief Senior Supt. Rolando Mendoza said elements of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (SAIDSOTG), led by Chief Insp. Edgardo Nepay, conducted a buy-bust operation at 1:20 a.m. yesterday in Bgy. Canumay West and arrested five drug peddlers.
Police identified the suspects as Eric Jimenez, 42, of Block 11, Lot 3, Morning Ville; Vincent Valledor, 26, of V. Matias St., Canumay West; Early Pia dela Cruz, 27, of 66 Maysan Road; Joel Arena, 31, of 199 Anthony St., Fortune Village 4, Parada; and Dennis Sotelo, 24, of Block 10, Lot 5, Morning Ville. The suspects yielded three plastic sachets of shabu and P200 in marked money.
Earlier at 10:15 p.m. Monday, a police poseur-buyer was able to buy a sachet of shabu worth P200 from Jocelyn Valdez, 50, near her house at 609 Gen. Luis Road, Paso de Blas. Three plastic sachets of shabu were seized from her along with the marked P200.
Three hours before SAIDSOTG arrested Valdez, elements of Valenzuela Police Community Precinct (PCP) 9 arrested Mark Jason Alcober, 26, of F. Reyes Compound, 3 Soy St., Llenado Subd., Bgy. Karuhatan, while holding a plastic sachet of shabu.
At 1 p.m., elements of Valenzuela Police Community Precinct (PCP) 4, led by SPO4 Fransisco Tannagan Jr., conducted “Oplan Tokhang” at a suspected drug den at 208 G. Lazaro St., Bgy. Pasolo and arrested three persons in the act of sniffing shabu.
The suspects were identified as Mary Grace Gregorio, 40, of 17 Esteban South Dalandanan; Leonardo Delistan, 34, driver, of 564 Coloong I Subd.; and Paolo Aucilla, 37, of 48 Esteban South Dalandanan.
Police said Delistan and Aucilla yielded one piece each of plastic sachet containing suspected shabu while another sachet of shabu and drug paraphernalia were recovered inside the alleged drug den.