CAGAYAN DE ORO

Alleged firearms dealer killed, 2 others nabbed in separate ops

A SUSPECTED firearms dealer was shot dead by police operatives after he allegedly fought back in a drug bust Tuesday dawn, January 14 in Bolonsiri, Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City.

Police identified the suspect as Klyd Jun Bryan Linaac Llamis, 31, who was previously jailed for illegal drugs charges and was just released from the City Jail on June last year through the plea bargaining program.

Investigation showed that the drug bust was about to be finished and police were going to arrest him when he fought back and started to shoot a police officer.

The policeman, identified as Police Major Sergeant Erwin Zambrano, was able to return fire and shot the suspect.

Bought from the suspect was a.357 caliber revolver loaded with five ammunition in exchange of P3,000 worth of boddle money.

Authorities recovered 10 sachets of suspected “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) worth around P420,000 from the suspect.

Meanwhile, in a separate firearms drug bust, brothers Nicanor and Joel Fernandez were arrested on Monday, January 13 in barangay Cugman, this city.

Bought from the suspects were a caliber. 45 pistol with one piece of magazine and five live ammunition in exchange of P7,000 as payment.

Also recovered in their possession were five sachets of suspected shabu worth nearly P500,000.

The suspects were under surveillance for more than a month for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs and firearms selling.

On Saturday, a 24-year-old alleged grenade seller was also arrested by police in a buy-bust operation in Zone 4, barangay Agusan, this city.

The suspect, identified as John Dierel Mesa, 24, a resident of the said barangay. Police said his “business” is selling illegal explosives in the area.

Lieutenant Colonel Mardy Hortillosa, Police Regional Office-Northern Mindanao spokesperson, said the series of operations against illegal firearms selling is part of their campaign to thwart criminal activities in the region.

He said selling firearms and explosives is dangerous since this could be used by gun for hire criminals, robbery suspects, and other illegal activities here.


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