ANTI-DRUG WAR. Recovered gun used by drug suspect Carlo Ardenio after the shootout with the authorities in Melody Plains, Barangay Muzon, City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan on Friday (Nov. 20, 2020). Two more drug suspects were neutralized and 10 others nabbed in separate operations in Bulacan. (Photo courtesy of Bulacan PPO)
CAMP ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan – Three suspected drug dealers were killed, while 10 individuals were arrested in separate anti-drug operations early Friday morning in the province.
Colonel Lawrence Cajipe, provincial director of Bulacan PNP, identified the neutralized suspects as Carlo Ardenio, resident of Bagong Silang Caloocan City; Joshua Loquente, resident of Meycauayan City and included on the PNP/PDEA watch list; and one still unidentified suspect.
Based on a report, Cajipe said a gunfight ensued during a drug transaction in Melody Plains Barangay Muzon, City of San Jose del Monte around 1:30 a.m.
“Ardenio and his cohort resisted arrest and tried to escape… Ardenio engaged the operatives in a shootout while his unidentified cohort managed to elude arrest on board a motorcycle,” he said.
Recovered were two medium heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of shabu, one Smith and Wesson .38-caliber pistol, and buy-bust money.
Likewise, Cajipe said that Loquente and his cohort were killed when they fired at the operatives during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Pulong Gubat, Balagtas town around 3:20 a.m. upon sensing that they were dealing with police officers.
Recovered were 11 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of shabu, one .38-caliber revolver, and buy-bust money.
Meanwhile, a total of PHP158,200 worth of shabu were confiscated in separate drug busts conducted by the operatives in Barangay Maasim, San Rafael, and Barangay Bagong Nayon in Baliuag, that resulted in the arrest of four drug peddlers.
Six more drug suspects were apprehended in the drug stings conducted by the operatives of San Ildefonso, Bocaue, Guiguinto, Marilao, and Obando police.
Seized were 24 sachets of shabu and buy-bust money.
The arrested suspects and seized pieces of evidence were brought to Bulacan Crime Laboratory for examination while appropriate criminal charges against them are for filing in court. (PNA)