Drug peddler’ dies in shootout

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Friday, December 13, 2013


A SUSPECTED drug peddler was killed in a shootout with the police during a buy-bust in Barangay Calawisan, Lapu-Lau City last Thursday afternoon.

Four other suspects, including a minor, were also arrested by the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG) of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office.

Two teams from CAIDSOTG conducted separate buy-busts in Sitio Litub and Sitio Lato around 4 p.m. last Thursday, seizing about 80 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of more than P500,000, and cash amounting to P17,000.

Harold Van Abad, 24, one of the subjects of the buy bust, drew out a .45 pistol after a police poseur-buyer declared his arrest, said Senior Insp. Rogelio Pineda Jr., chief of the City Intelligence Branch, who led the operation.

One of the operatives shot Abad, who was rushed to the Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Rodulfo Berdon Sumalinog, 73, and Joseph Sumalinog Inihao, 26, were arrested in Zone Litub; while Candido Noval Mantos Jr., 42, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in Zone Lato.

The police seized 10 small plastic sachets of suspected shabu and two disposable lighters from Inihao; 15 pieces of hand-rolled tin foil and coins amounting to P100 from Sumalinog; and three large plastic packs of suspected shabu and another two medium-sized plastic packs from Mantos.

Also recovered from Mantos were a cellphone, some drug paraphernalia, a .38 revolver loaded with four bullets, and money in different denominations totalling P17,180 and believed to be proceeds from the illegal activity.

Seized from the minor were two small packs and one medium pack of suspected shabu and the P1,000 bill used by the poseur-buyer during the transaction.

From Abad, police recovered a .45 pistol, 10 small plastic sachets of suspected shabu, the P200 buy bust money and P1,000 believed to be proceeds from selling illegal drugs.

Pineda said Mantos, who is also facing drug charges in Liloan, Cebu was the supplier of illegal drugs in Calawisan.

Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, chief of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO), said his office received information about the illegal activity in Calawisan two months ago.

“Our informant cautioned us, saying the suspects had lookouts in the area and were armed,” he said.

Lawas said they are asking Mantos to divulge his supplier of illegal drugs.

Involvement

In an interview with reporters, Mantos admitted his involvement in the drug trade. But he said he has only been selling illegal drugs for four months.

“Wa koy laing pangwarta (I have no other means of income),” he said.

He said he didn’t know the name of his supplier, who lives in Mandaue City.

The four suspects were detained at the LLCPO detention cell. Lawas said they will coordinate with the Departnent of Social Welfare and Development in their filing of case against the minor.

They will be charged with violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and RA 9287 for illegal possession of firearms.

Lawas said the police will work with the City Government in drawing up a comprehensive plan to address the problem of drug trade.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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