Fighting the drug menace

CITY Police Director Sr. Supt.Vicente Danao Jr. admitted that illegal drugs remain a big problem not just here but also in other cities but he is hopeful that through simultaneous police operations in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, this menace could be curbed if not eradicated.

Yesterday, police busted suspected drug peddlers and seized shabu, marijuana and firearms in various drug raids in the city.

Three drug suspects were killed while 19 others were arrested in the drug busts.

Police identified the slain suspects as Billy T. Ramirez, 30 years old of Matina Biao in Tugbok District; MR Bara and alias Junex.

At 4 p.m. yesterday, police recovered a hand grenade, a .38 pistol and four sachets of shabu inside Ramirez residence during the raid.

Earlier, at 4:30am, a son of a former police officer was killed in a shootout with San Pedro Police at Purok 4, Barangay 76-A.

Chief Inspector Ronald L. Lao, commander of San Pedro Police,  identified the suspect as MR Bara.

Police was about to arrest Bara when he fired at the police, prompting the operatives to return fire.

Danao said Bara was the son of former police assigned at the Criminal investigation and Detection Group XI, who was also involved in illegal drug activities.

“Bara’s father was known as a drug pusher before but we believe MR is more involved in selling illegal drugs,”Danao said.

“His father was a former police so we believe that the Armscor gun seized from him came from his father,” he added.

Bara is said to be one of the top ten most wanted drug personality in the area.

Recovered from him were one shotgun with four live ammunitions; .38 caliber revolver loaded with six live ammunitions; airgun pistol; .45 acp with magazine loaded with six live ammunitions.

Also confiscated were 10 kilos of marijuana and 10 sachets of shabu  worth P10,000.

Alias Junex was killed in a shootout with authorities after he fired at the arresting operatives during a buy bust operation conducted at Alamo Inn located at corner Legaspi and San Pedro streets at 1:15 a.m.

Junex was a subject for operation and was under surveillance for a long time.

Recovered from his possession were three sachets of shabu worth P7, 000; drug paraphernalia and a .38 caliber revolver.

Also arrested were 19 drug suspects, including three females during seven separate buy bust operations with seven of ten search warrants served.

Authorities confiscated a  shotgun; two cal .45 pistol; two .38 cal pisto; a replica of .22 airgun; and an improvised handgun; assorted ammunitions  of the firearms; a  knife; Motorcycle scooter; Ssuzuki motorcycle and  nine  assorted mobile phones.

Meanwhile, the sachets of shabu and marijuana are in the custody of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI as they are still determining their exact value.

Those arrested will face a case for violation of RA 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” and violation of RA 10591 or “Illegal possession of firearms ,“ violation for RA 9561  or the illegal possession of explosives and violation of the Comelec Omnibus Election code.

It is the sixth simultaneous drug operation conducted in the different areas in the city.
Last December, authorities seized over P3 million in shabu after a series of drug operations, which also resulted to the death of two suspects and the arrest of 40 others, in different communities.

The two slain suspects were  identified as  Jonas Joban, 44, who allegedly resisted arrest from the raiding team  in Barangay Tagurano in Toril; and John Michael Pajegal, 29, resident of Acacia, J.P. Laurel Avenue.

According to the report, the 21 suspects were arrested through separate buy-bust operations, while the other 19 were collared when the officers found contraband in their possession after serving the search warrants.

Eight of the arrested suspects were females.