Drug peddler dies in shootout

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A drug suspect who opened fire on policemen was shot dead while three others were arrested during a buy bust operation in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City.

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Killed was Florante Punzalan alias “Ama,” 56, reported to be a notorious drug pusher.

The buy-bust was conducted by operatives of the Station Anti-illegal Drugs- Special Operation Task Group led by SPO1 Jun Ralph Piñero. Punzalan however sensed that he was dealing with policemen and fired at them, forcing the lawmen to retaliate.

The lawmakers recovered several sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia, a loaded pistol, and the marked money used to buy drugs.

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