Drug suspect hurt in buy-bust-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
A SUSPECTED drug pusher was shot by police when a buy-bust turned ugly in Barangay General Climaco, Toledo City, Cebu late Friday night.
Angelito Labajo, 41, sustained a gunshot wound in his right thigh after he allegedly attempted to shoot a police poseur-buyer.
Chief Insp. Michael Anthony Bastes, the city police chief, said they bought a small sachet of shabu worth P250 from Labajo at 11:45 p.m.
Labajo allegedly pulled out a firearm when the policeman who acted as a poseur-buyer was about to hold him. However, before Labajo could pull the trigger, PO2 Geoffrey Neis shot him first.
Three small sachets of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu were confiscated from Labajo’s possession. These will be brought to PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7 for a chemical analysis.
A black magnum .22 widow revolver loaded with three bullets on the cylinder was also taken from him.
Labajo was rushed to the Toledo City Hospital, but the attending physician recommended that he be transferred to a hospital in Cebu City for further medical attention.
Bastes, in a phone interview, said their operation came after several residents complained against Labajo for being involved in the illegal drug trade.
Labajo allegedly was the supplier of drugs in the mountain areas of Toledo.
After the suspect came home in time for All Saints’ Day, Bastes said his team launched the operation.
Bastes said Labajo reportedly gets his supply from Talisay City, where the suspect currently resides.
A complaint for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Labajo.
Last August, Toledo City Mayor John Henry “Sonny” Osmeña declared the city to be drug-free.
“Wala nay pusher sa Toledo kay gihurot na og sikop (There are no longer drug pushers in Toledo because they have all been arrested).
We would like the world to know that in Toledo, there is no longer any shabu,” Osmeña was quoted as saying during a press conference last August.
Osmeña made the announcement after the 30 days he had given to Bastes to get rid of the drug problem in the city had lapsed, and which according to the mayor, Bastes had succeeded.
In Mandaue City, two men suspected of selling illegal drugs were arrested in a buy-bust in Barangay Banilad last Friday afternoon.
Police recovered two small sachets of suspected shabu, one piece of hand rolled marijuana and some drug parahernalia from Richard Lim, 32, and Bobby Martin, 35.
A police team led by Insp. Philip Silva, chief of Casuntingan Police Station, carried out the operation at 5 p.m. on P. Remedio St., Banilad.
A civilian acted as a decoy and bought two sachets of shabu from the suspects using marked money.
Martin allegedly received the P300 marked money, while Lim handed the decoy two sachets of shabu.
Aside from the illegal drugs, police recovered two alchohol burners and five lighters from the suspects.
Silva said they have been doing surveillance on the two suspects for three weeks.
Martin and Lim, who were detained at the Casuntingan Police Station, will also be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 03, 2013.