‘Level 2 pusher’ killed in shootout

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Monday, August 25, 2014


A SUSPECTED level 2 drug pusher was killed in a shootout after the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) raided his house in Barangay Yati, Liloan yesterday morning.

Four others were arrested and shabu worth almost P2.1 million was seized.

Noel Codeniera was reportedly the subject of the search warrant issued by Judge Teresita Galanida of the Mandaue City Trial Court Branch 56.

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PIB Chief Rodulfo Albotra said they placed Codeniera under surveillance for two weeks and were able to confirm that he was selling drugs.

Codeniera could allegedly dispose of at least 200 grams of shabu per week.

Police went to the suspect’s house in Purok Doranta, Sitio Tabok Lamac.

Albotra said that when Codeniera saw the police, he fired at the operatives.

Albotra said his men fired back, hitting Codeniera in the stomach.

Underground vault

Police brought Codeniera to the nearest hospital, but he died on the way. After the incident, police discovered five other men who were hiding inside Codeniera’s house.

They were identified as Errel Limbohan, Jeffrey Compreras, Dennis Tautho, Rene Solon and Benjie Setenta.

Aside from the five men, three women believed to be lovers of the suspects were also inside. They were later released.

Police also seized two KG9 pistols, two .45 pistols, a .38 revolver and one hand grenade.

They also found a big pack containing a white crystalline substance believed to be shabu in Codeniera’s room.

They also found a basement where they discovered intercoms, web cameras and a vault.

The vault contained several packs of suspected shabu weighing almost 150 grams.

Albotra said they confiscated a total of 180 grams of shabu amounting to almost P1.2 million during the operation.

Gun-for-hire

A gram of shabu is reportedly worth around P11,800, according to the Dangerous Drugs Board.

Albotra said they were also surprised that Codeniera’s house has a motion detector.

Tungod sa motion detector, kung dunay tawo sa gawas mailhan ra niya kay mo-detect man dayon (They’d know if someone is outside because of the motion detector),” he said.

Aside from selling drugs, Albotra said Codeniera was also allegedly a gun-for hire.

He said that the five men who were arrested were allegedly Codeniera’s cohort in his gun-for-hire business.

The five men are detained at the CPPO headquarters pending the filing of charges against them.            

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 26, 2014.

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