CEBU CITY: An alleged bigtime drug pusher was killed in a shootout with police during an anti-drugs operation that also netted some P2.1 million worth of shabu in Barangay Yati, Liloan town Monday morning.
Members of the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) went to the house of one Noel Codiñera in Purok Doranta, Sitio Taboc, Lamac, Yalit in Liloan to serve a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Teresita Galanida in Mandaue City.
The police were reportedly forced to shoot Codiñera, the subject of the buy-bust operation, when the latter pulled out his .45 pistol and fired at the policemen.
He was hit in the stomach and was rushed to the Eversley Child Sanitarium in Mandaue City but was declared dead on arrival.
PIB Chief Rodulfo Albotra said they placed Codiñera under surveillance for two weeks and were able to confirm that he was selling drugs.
A poseur-buyer managed to buy four small packets of shabu worth P1,000 from Codiñera before the shooting ensued.
The police searched his house and recovered shabu worth P2.1 million, two KG9 machine pistols, two .45 pistols, a 5.56 pistol, assorted ammunition, a grenade, drug paraphernalia, and cash, which was kept in a vault reportedly buried under the stairs.
Sr. Inspector Leo Logroño, the team leader, said Codiñera, a Level 2 drug pusher, is on PIB’s target list of drug personalities.
Codiñera allegedly used to supply drugs to Liloan and its neighboring towns.
After the incident, police rounded five other men who were hiding inside Codeniera’s house.
They were identified as Errel Limbohan, Jeffrey Compreras, Dennis Tautho, Rene Solon and Benjie Setenta.
The five men are detained at the CPPO headquarters pending the filing of charges against them. PNA