Drug dealer killed, 11 others fall in Bulacan

AN armed drug trafficking suspect was killed in a shootout with undercover officers in Bulacan while 11 others were arrested in a string of anti-criminality operations in the province on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Lawrence B. Cajipe announced yesterday.

In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Rhodel O. Sermonia, the official identified the slain suspect as Jake Rodriguez, a resident of Barangay San Roque in San Rafael municipality.

Cajipe said the suspect had just sold a packet of shabu to an undercover officer in his neighborhood around 10 p.m. Tuesdsay when he sensed the ongoing entrapment operation and tried to shoot the poseur but missed. Back-up operatives were forced to return fire at the suspect killing him on the spot.

A loaded caliber .38 revolver, a packet of shabu and a marked P500 bill were recovered from the possession of the slain suspect whose motorcycle was also impounded by the local police.

Six other known drug personalities in the province were also arrested in separate anti-narcotics operations in Meycauayan and San Jose del Monte cities and in San Ildefonso and Marilao municipalities.

Cajipe said the suspects identified as Roy Vincente Escasa, Felix Navarro Jr., Elmera Gordola, Viser Gervacio, Cristeto Serrano and Roymark Bueno Reyes yielded a total of 27 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and the buy-bust money.

Bueno Reyes was also found in possession of a cal. .38 revolver with five live ammunition when arrested.

All suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Bueno Reyes will be facing a separate case for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 before a Marilao court.

Cajipe also reported the arrest of four wanted persons in the province during manhunt operations in Calumpit and San Miguel municipalities and in Meycauayan and San Jose del Monte cities.

He identified the four as Rudy de Jesus who is wanted for concubinage; Jimmy Leonardo Biera, wanted for violation of RA 10591; Marco Tolentino, wanted for violation of RA 9262 or the anti-violence against women and their children; and Edmar Oraya, wanted for a robbery case.