An alleged shabu seller died after a drug buy-bust operation ended in an encounter in Plaza Mexico in Ermita, Manila.
According to Police Lt. Col. Ariel Caramoan, chief of the Ermita PNP, they received information that there were allegedly drug pushers from Cainta, Rizal who were supplying illegal drugs in their area.
It was past midnight when the police transacted with an “Ish” and his companion who was not yet identified.
Even before the operation tested positive, the two men who sensed they were transacting with police officers, so pulled out a gun and fired at the operatives.
Police retaliated with gunfire resulting in the death of one of the men. “Ish” escaped in an SUV.
Police at the scene of the encounter found a .45 caliber gun and seven medium-sized sachets of suspected ecstasy or party drugs.
Meanwhile, police also arrested live-in partners who were caught selling shabu during a buy-bust operation in Lucena City, Quezon on Wednesday.
According to the Quezon Police Provincial Office, 38-year-old alias Dagie and his 30-year-old partner Russel were arrested at their house in Barangay Mayao Crossing.
Lucena City and Quezon police personnel conducted an operation against them after validating allegations that the suspects were selling illegal drugs there.
According to the police, the police poseur buyer and informant bought 1 sachet of shabu from Dagie which was handed over by Russel.
When arrested, Dagie was found in possession of 17 sachets of shabu weighing 26.3 grams and with a street value of more than P530,000.
The couple is facing charges of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
Makeshift shabu laboratory raided in Cainta
A makeshift laboratory of illegal drugs was raided by PNP and PDEA personnel in Cainta, Rizal Thursday noon.
According to authorities, a “Jose” from Brgy. San Andres, Cainta booked door-to-door delivery services to send a package to a hotel in Manila.
The delivery rider checked the bag containing the package. Various biscuits and bread were on top, but when he allegedly checked the other items below, Jose did not continue the delivery and asked the delivery rider to leave.
The rider was very skeptical, so when he saw the police, he asked for help. They discovered that what was under the bag was suspected shabu.
The PNP Drug Enforcement Group and PDEA went to Jose’s house. Upon entering the house, they found the makeshift kitchen laboratory, several chemical bottles, pills, and suspected shabu.
Jose was able to escape from the police.