MANILA, Philippines – Two drug suspects were killed and at least 31 kilos of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) were seized in a buy-bust operation in Las Piñas City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.
PNP chief General Debold Sinas said the suspects, identified as Richard Jen Jieko Salameda Amarga alias Koy-Koy or Coco and Andrew Guinto Garcia, died during an encounter with operatives from the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) around 10:15 pm on Tuesday in Barangay Almanza.
The buy-bust operation was jointly conducted by PDEG and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Las Piñas City Police Station, NCRPO Regional Intelligence Division, NICA, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Camp Crame, and Regional Special Operation Group NCRPO.
Sinas said the illegal drugs, packed in different tea packages, that were confiscated from the suspects were estimated to worth P210,800,000.
Also recovered from the suspects were a vehicle, a paper bag containing P1.5 million used as buy-bust money, a caliber .45 pistol Para Ordnance, a chamber loaded with one ammunition and with inserted magazine loaded with four ammunitions, one caliber .45 pistol Para Ordnance, chamber loaded with one ammunition and with inserted magazine loaded with three ammunitions.
Police investigation showed that the suspects are well-known distributors of illegal drugs and members of Sputnik Gang and Amarga Drug Group.
Their supplies were from a certain group of Chinese Nationals in Myanmar and discreetly transporting them to a warehouse somewhere in Pampanga.
“I commend PDEG for a job well done as we continue to fulfill our mandate in cleaning the streets to attain a safer, more secured, and drug-free community,” Sinas said.