HVT drug group leader dies in Calamba clash

October 12, 2018

THE leader of the “Turo Drug Group”, who is number 2 high- value target of Calamba police was killled in armed encounter during a buy-bust operation in Bgy. Linga, Calamba City, Laguna, on Thursday afternoon.

Laguna police director Senior Supt. Kirby John Brion Kraft said the slain suspect was identified as Arturo Maunahan Plaza.

According to Supt. Joselito de Sesto, Calamba police chief, the suspect is also listed top 2 HVT provincial level and at the same time most wanted person facing five counts of murder in the city and a member of the Dela Cruz-Sangalang Kidnap for Ransom Group.

The operation conducted at about 5 p.m., led by Chief Insp. Rabanal in Bgy. Linga, resulted in an armed confrontation.

The suspect sensed that he was transacting with the police, causing him to draw a handgun and fired at the police poseur-buyer, who returned fire, hitting the suspect that caused his instantaneous death.

Recovered at the crime scene were a firearm, a P1,000 bill and one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu.