Lalamove driver killed in shabu bust

A LALAMOVE driver who has been under the radar of the Cavite Police Provincial Office for his involvement in illegal drug trafficking was killed in a gunbattle with officers in General Trials City on Friday night, local police director, Colonel Marlon R. Santos said yesterday.

Suspect Bobby Barron, a resident of Barangay Niog 1 in Bacoor City, Cavite has been under surveillance by the police for his illegal drug activities until he was monitored to have applied as a delivery man of Lalamove, a company whose motorcycle driver-partners are involved in the delivery of parcels, huge or small in the country.

In a report to Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr., the official said that around 11:30 p.m. Friday, an undercover officer from the General Trias City Police Station managed to buy 10 grams of shabu worth P68,000 from the suspect in Bgy.  Bacao.

However, the suspect sensed he was dealing with a policeman shortly after receiving the marked money from the latter.

Immediately, the suspect tried to shoot the poseur but missed prompting back-up operatives to return fire killing Barron on the spot.

Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession were a chamber-loaded caliber .45 Federal 1911 semi-automatic pistol with a magazine containing four live ammunition, a bag containing the boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill which was paid to him by the agent and six heat-sealed plastic sachets containing about 30 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P200,000, said Santos.

“Apparently, the suspect worked as a Lalamove driver to gain full access in Quarantine Control Points and continue his illegal drug activities during the quarantine period,” said the Cavite police director.

Santos said that last Friday saw his men conducting a series of anti-narcotics operations in the province which resulted in the arrest of 30 known drug personalities and the confiscation of a total of 50.46 grams of shabu worth nearly P344,000 and various drug paraphernalia and marked money.

Another 155 violators of the quarantine protocols including non-wearing of face masks and violation of social distancing rules, the liquor ban and curfew hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.were also apprehended by the Cavite police on the same day, said Santos.

With Alfred P. Dalizon