PRO12 agents shoot top drug trafficker dead

TWO  ‘high-value targets’ in Central Mindanao killed in separate shootouts with police undercover officers in General Santos City and in Banga, South Cotabato on Wednesday noon, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Alfred S. Corpus announced yesterday.

The two were identified as Richard Alarcon Agot alias ‘Ricric,’32; and Jesus Robert Barza Pring alias “Pring,’ both described as Level 1 HVTs in the list of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the official said.

According to Corpus, suspect Alarcon shot it out with undercover officers who tried to arrest him during an entrapment operation inside the suspect’s rented house at 11-A, Block 2, Alliance in Barangay Uhaw, General Santos City at 12:25 p.m.  Wednesday.

“The suspect had just taken the marked money from the undercover officer when he sensed the sting and tried to shoot the poseur but missed. Back-up operatives returned fire hitting him in the body,” said Corpus.

The suspect died while being taken to the Dr. George P. Royeca Hospital.

Recovered from the possession of the slain suspect were 11 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu granules, the marked money paid to him by the undercover agent and a  chamber-loaded caliber .45 pistol with a magazine with five live ammunition, Corpus said in a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.

According to Corpus, members of the PRO12 Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and the General Santos City Police Station, in coordination with the PDEA Region 12 office were involved in the operation to neutralize the suspect whose name is included in the Inter-Agency Drug Information Database formerly known as the President Rodrigo R. Duterte List.

On the other hand,  Pring was killed in a buy-bust operation which ended up in a brief shootout in Purok Mahidaiton in Bgy. Liwanay in Banga, South Cotabato at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession were a marked P1,000 bill paid to him by the agent, 10 plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine,’ a cal. .38 revolver with two spent casings and a Toyota mini-van.

The official said that RPDEU 12 operatives and members of the Banga police station conducted the operation which led in a gunbattle when the suspect tried to escape on board his van while firing shots at the lawmen.

The suspect died while being brought to the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital.