STEPPED-UP anti-criminality campaign by the Bulacan Police Provincial Office this week left one armed drug dealer dead with 28 others arrested, a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Rhodel O. Sermonia said yesterday.
Bulacan police director, Colonel Lawrence B. Cajipe said the slain suspect identified as Tirso Hernandez, a resident of Barangay Pantubig in San Rafael municipality exchanged fire with an undercover officer from the San Rafael Municipal Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit last Tuesday and was killed in the process.
Local policemen under Lieutenant Col. Laurente Acquiot recovered a caliber .38 revolver with two spent cartridges and two live ammunition and 11 heat-sealed-plastic sachets containing shabu and the marked money from the suspect.
Those arrested include 19 known drug personalities and nine others wanted for various criminal offenses in the province, said Cajipe.
Four of them identified as Christian Ko So,23; Zinia Aquino,50; Rommel Rizano,30; and Mark Jayson dela Vega,19, were arrested in separate manhunt operations in Malolos City and Obando and Pandi municipalities.
So is wanted for a women and child abuse case in Malolos City while Aquino, a resident of Bgy. Paliwas in Obando is the subject of a warrant of arrest for qualified theft. Rizano, a resident of Bgy. Bunsuran 2nd in Pandi is wanted for direct assault upon an agent of a person in authority while dela Vega, a resident of Bgy. Catmon in Sta. Maria was arrested for statutory rape.
The others who were arrested for theft, estafa and violation of the Social Security Act of 1997 were arrested in the municipalities of Paombong, Bocaue, San Miguel, San Rafael and San Ildefonso towns.
Cajipe said the 19 other known drug personalities in the province were also arrested by his men in a string of buy-bust operations in Bocaue, Pandi, Calumpit, San Rafael and San Miguel municipalities and in Malolos and San Jose del Monte cities. under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.