CABANATUAN City -- A jobless man, who went into drug-pushing, was shot dead after engaging anti-drug operatives in a shootout during a buy-bust operation in the city on Monday night.
City police head Supt. Ponciano P. Zafra yesterday identified the slain suspect as Jayson Enriquez, of Bgy. Caalibangbangan, who was included on the police’s watchlist of suspected drug personalities.
Zafra said his men conducted the buy bust against the suspect in Bgy. Dalampang at 10:30 p.m.
Zafra said Enriquez may have sensed that his poseur-buyer was a lawman so he immediately fired at the operative, forcing the latter to retaliate, hitting and killing him instantaneously.
In Zaragosa town, a namesake of former Bagets star William Martinez was nabbed during an anti-drug operation led by Chief Insp. Mohammad Taufh S. Abduhalim, in Bgy. Sto. Rosario Young at 6 p.m.
Martinez, 35, farmer, of Purok 4, Bgy. San Isidro, Zaragosa, yielded a plastic sachet containing P500 worth of shabu.
In a subsequent operation conducted at 11:45 p.m., Abduhalim said his men arrested Jem Francis Cabacungan, 28, in Bgy. Carmen for alleged drug pushing.
Seized from him were a plastic sachet with shabu worth P500 and the P500 marked money used in the operation.
Also in Talavera, police led by Supt. Joe Neil Rojo nabbed farmer Carlito dela Cruz and welder Jeffrey dela Cruz in Bgy. Sibul at 4 p.m. after members of the local Drug Enforcement Team seized from them three plastic sachets containing shabu, P500 marked money and a white Isuzu multi-cab vehicle.
The successful anti-drug operations were conducted amid strict directives from newly-installed acting provincial police director Senior Supt. Leon Victor Z. Rosete for chiefs of police in the province to intensify their anti-narcotics operations in compliance with the marching orders of PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde and Police Regional Office 3 head Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus.