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Top Bicol drug trafficker killed in CamSur shootout
POLICE Regional Office 5 (PRO5) director, Brigadier General Jonnel C. Estomo yesterday announced the killing of a top drug target in Bicol region following a shootout which marred the conduct of a buy-bust operation Nabua, Camarines Sur last Monday.
In a report to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Dionardo B. Carlos, the official said that suspect Bienvenido Dinsing Jr., a ‘high-value drug target’ from Bgy. Tambo, Pamplona, yielded 150 grams of shabu worth some 1.150 kilos of shabu worth P7.8 million and a chamber-loaded caliber 9mm semi-automatic pistol during the sting in Bgy. Sta. Elena, Nabua at 3 a.m. Monday.
Estomo said members of the PRO5 Regional Drug Enforcement Unit led by Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Alvarez, supported by the Nabua Municipal Police Station conducted the anti-narcotics operation targeting the suspect who was tagged as a member of a big-time drug syndicate operating in the region.
During the sting, the suspect sold 150 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P450,000 to an undercover officer but apparently sensed the ongoing entrapment operation after he received the boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill from the poseur.
The suspect immediately pulled out his concealed pistol and fired shots at the approaching operatives prompting officers to return fire. The suspect who was hit in the body died on the spot.
Apart from the buy-bust money and the 150 grams of shabu sold by the slain suspect, also recovered from his possession were a 9mm pistol with a magazine containing several live ammunition.
Estomo said that when searched, the slain suspect’s black Toyota Vios with plate no. EAE 3991 also yielded another kilo of suspected shabu worth P6.8 million and several identification cards.
The Bicol police director described the slain suspect as an ‘armed and dangerous’ drug dealer operating in Camarines Sur specifically in Naga City and in Legazpi City and Tabaco, Albay.
“He has been under surveillance since last month until the conduct of the entrapment operation,” Estomo said.