Pusher dies, cop hurt in shootout

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Thursday, January 2, 2014


A SUSPECTED drug pusher was killed while a policeman was wounded in a shootout that happened during an anti-drug operation in Zamboanga City, the police reported Thursday.

The anti-drug operation, launched around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at a pension in Barangay Canelar, resulted in the arrest of two other suspected drug pushers, said Police Station 11 commander Superintendent Diomarie Albarico.

Albarico identified the slain suspected drug pusher as Joshua Atilano, while wounded was Police Officer 2 Raymond Diaz.

Arrested in the operation were suspected drug pushers Joey Norberto Dellosa, 48, and Eric Espinosa, 34.

Albarico said the shootout happened when the combined Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force and Police Station 11 personnel conducted a buy-bust operation at a pension house in the village of Canelar.

The raiding team recovered three plastic sachets of suspected shabu, a caliber .45 pistol and several prohibited drugs paraphernalia from the suspects, he said.

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