THREE notorious criminals were killed in separate firearms and drug buy-bust operations conducted by authorities Tuesday night and before dawn yesterday in Caloocan City.
Romeo Carlos Jr., alias “Eman Taba”, 36 of Blk 33 Lot 4 Hipon St., Bgy. 12, the alleged leader of Eman carnapping, gun running and illegal drug group died on the spot from bullet wounds in the body after he engaged lawmen in a shootout at around 8 p.m. in front of his house in Bgy. 12.
Northern Police District (NPD) Director Chief Supt. Rolando Anduyan said joint elements of NPD Special Operation Unit (DSOU), Northern Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Caloocan Police Community Precinct (PCP) 2 conducted buy-bust of unlicensed firearm against Carlos but when he sensed that he was dealing with a police decoy, he drew his firearm and engaged the operatives in a shootout that resulted in his instantaneous death.
Police recovered from the slain suspect a caliber .38 revolver, P19,000 buy-bust money and 14 plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu.
At around 11:10 p.m., elements of Caloocan police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) led by Chief Insp. Rengie Deimos conducted a buy-bust operation against a certain “Mike”, an alleged big-time drug pusher, along 3rd Avenue, Bgy. 43 that also resulted in an armed encounter.
The suspect allegedly drew his gun when he sensed the presence of lawmen while dealing with an undercover cop, prompting PO1 Julius Almazan to shoot him, killing him instantly.
Five pieces of plastic sachets of shabu, a cal. 38 revolver and P170,000 buy-bust money were recovered from his possession.
At around 1:30 a.m., yesterday, another shootout ensued between lawmen and suspected drug pusher identified only as certain “Anthony” during a buy-bust operation along Salaysay St., Sabalo, Lapu-Lapu Ext. Brgy. 12
Elements of Caloocan Police SDEU who conducted a buy-bust operation recovered 13 pieces of heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu, caliber. 38 revolver and P200 marked money from the slain suspect who was included in police and barangay drug watch list.