GAPAN CITY, Nueva Ecija — More than two kilos of shabu estimated to worth at least P14-million in the local drug market were seized after two suspected big-time drug peddlers were neutralized in a major drug bust conducted on Friday afternoon here.
Police Lt. Col. Edilmar G. Alviar, in his report to Police Regional Office 3 director Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. De Leon, identified the slain suspects as Dennie Kue and Percival Miranda, both of Bgy. Sto. Cristo, this city.
De Leon in a statement said the successful operation was a product of an intensive intelligence operation that began after connecting it to a previous buy-bust in Central Luzon.
De Leon said members of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group led by Lt. Col. Glen C. Gonzales, the city police, the 303rd RMFB3, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 3 spearheaded the operation.
Seized were two kilos and 58 grams of shabu placed in two vacuum-sealed plastic sachets, with a Dangerous Drugs Board-value of P14-million, including the buy-bust money worth P1,000 and the sold P1,000 worth of shabu.
Alviar said the drug sting was sprung in Purok 1, Bgy. Sto. Cristo Sur at 3 p.m. where an undercover operative consummated a deal with the suspects.
However, the suspects turned hostile and engaged the lawmen in a firefight which left Kue and Miranda dead and a third cohort, identified as Joel Kue, unharmed and managing to escape.