Suspected top drug dealer in Bohol dies in shootout

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Saturday, August 16, 2014


ONE of Bohol's top drug personalities died in a shootout with police operatives yesterday dawn in Ubay town.

Nine other drug suspects were arrested in the anti-narcotics operation.

Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, director of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, said Romulo "Inday Buno" Caño was killed during a shootout with members of the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG), Regional Publice Safety Battalion and Ubay Police Station who raided his townhouse in Barangay Poblacion, Ubay.

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Caño was reportedly a level one drug pusher who led the drug operations in Bohol following the death of former police officer Owen Rosales last June.

Bañas said Caño was associated with Rosales, who was responsible in the ambush-slay of Chief Insp. George Caña, chief of Ubay Police Station.

Raids

The composite team conducted simultaneous raids in two villages in Ubay, Bohol at 2:45 a.m., using a search warrant against Caño.

Senior Supt. Conrado Capa, deputy regional director for operations of PRO 7, said the policemen found Ca?o in one of the rooms of the townhouse.

"Despite the demand of the operatives to surrender, he shot them resulting in a firefight and led to his death," Capa said during a press conference at PRO 7 Media Center.

Caño was brought to the Don Emilio Del Valle Hospital in Ubay, but he died.

In the separate raid on Caño's townhouse in Barangay Achila, the suspected drug dealer's alleged cohort, Romulo Cabañero, was wounded in a shootout with the police.

Eight alleged cohorts of Caño were also arrested. Four of them were identified by police as Felix Berto, 47; Randy Quiroes, 37; Raymound Taran, 20; and Ramon Tuyak, 43. The other suspects are still being interviewed.

Seized from the operation were a rifle grenade; fragmented grenade; AR 15 rile; three KG9 pistols; .45 pistol; .45 magazine; .45 black holster; four KG 9 magazines; 97 9mm bullets; 18 .45 bullets; and seven.357 bullets.

The police also confiscated two medium packs and five small packs of what is believed to be shabu and drug paraphernalia. The suspected shabu was reportedly worth P160,000.

Taran denied owning the firearms. "Dili man na amoa. Mogamit rami og shabu kung naa'y okasyon (The guns are not ours. We only use shabu on occasion)," he said.

Capa said they will examine the ledgers recovered from the suspects for information on Caño's suppliers.

Bañas warned drug dealers that the police will not stop until they are arrested. "The risk is too high. You might pay for your life," he said. DSM/With USJ-R Mass Com Intern Janelle Paula Blaire Arcayos

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 16, 2014.

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