SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan: Two police officers in active service and tagged as high-profile drug traders were killed in a shootout with their colleagues in a da-ring buy-bust on Monday night here.
The slain officers were identified as Senior Police Officer 4 Marlon Nicolas and Police 0fficer 3 Jenny Agbayani of Sinait, Ilocos Sur, both assigned with the Agno town police in this province.
Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver-Lee, provincial director, said Nicolas and Agbayani were listed in the Directorate for Intelligence in Camp Crame in Quezon City and the Regional Intelligence Division for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade and gun-for hire activities in Region 1.
Lee added that both officers were identified by arrested pushers as their suppliers of shabu and marijuana in the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.
Nicolas was also implicated in illegal drug trade operations in Metro Manila.
They were also being investigated as protectors of gun-for-hire syndicates in Pangasinan, La Union and Ilocos Sur.
Chief Insp. Arvin Jacob, San Fabian chief of police, said the suspects arrived in Barangay Cabaruan at past 8 p.m., on board a silver gray Toyota Corolla (ULJ-622) to deliver shabu and dried marijuana to a policeman poseur buyer.
After one of the suspects received the P3,000 marked money, he sensed he was dealing with a policeman, prompting him to draw his service firearm and fired at the poseur buyer but missed.
Jacob and his men who already cordoned the area responded and returned fire that sparked a shootout.
Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) found in the suspects’ vehicle two police uniforms bearing their names as well as identification cards in their wallets.
Also recovered were one small ziplock plastic containing about 20 grams of shabu, two rolled marijuana leaves weighing a half-kilo, six P500 bill marked money, two caliber 9 mm Beretta pistols and several empty shells of bullets.
Lee said they are also looking into the involvement of the two slain police officers several unsolved killings in the province.