THE police's anti-illegal drugs operations are now back in full swing, leaving a drug suspect dead and another arrested in a series of drug bust in Misamis Oriental Saturday, March 4.
Inspector Francisco Sabud Jr., spokesman of Tagoloan town police, identified the slain drug suspect as Adrian Abing, a resident of Sta. Cruz village of the said municipality.
Abing was killed by a police operative at Casinglot, Tagoloan, after he allegedly fired his .38 caliber revolver to the arresting police officers.
He sustained five gunshot wounds on his back, chest and right arm.
"After na-commit ang transaction, nagpaila ang poseur buyer nga police dayon nibunot ang suspek sa armas ug nagpabuto maong nagretaliate ang back up nga mga operatives (After the transaction, the poseur buyer introduced himself as police officer then the suspect fired his gun, prompting the operatives to retaliate)," Sabud said.
Authorities recovered the suspect's gun, four fired cartridges, and the five cellophane containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu.”
Another drug personality identified as Bonie Maaba was arrested by the same police operatives in another drug bust in Poblacion, Tagoloan.
Authorities seized 10 sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P8,000.
The suspect was detained at the Tagoloan town police mini cell and will face charges on the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act or Republic Act 9165 particularly on section 5 (selling).
"Karong Lunes ipasaka ang kaso batok sa suspect (The charges against the suspect will be filed on Monday, March 6)," Sabud said.
Sabud said the police will verify if the two drug personalities responded to the Oplan “Tokhang.”
Sabud added the two suspects continued their illegal drug activities when the police freezes from carrying out drug operations for a month.
Superintendent Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao, said the order to resume the drug operations came last Wednesday, March 1 but the full implementation started over the weekend.
"Wala nato gisaba una para ma-surprise ang mga drug suspect so pagsugod gahapon daghan na dayon drug operations sa kapolisan (We didn't announce the official resumption of the drug operation so that drug suspects won't notice)," Gonda said.
Gonda said part of the order is the creation of the different units in regional, provincial, municipal, city level including police stations that will carry out the war on drugs.
Gonda said PRO-Northern Mindanao will have Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) while the Provincial and city police offices will have their Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) and City Drug Enforcement Unit (CDEU), respectively.
The city and municipal police stations will also have to form their drug enforcement section, supervised by the station and town police chiefs.