By JOEY NACALABAN
AUTHORITIES shot and killed a suspected illegal drug pusher while a couple and six other were arrested in separate buy-and-bust operations in the city on since Sunday.
Officials identified the dead as Brian Dabo-dabo, 30, of Barangay Consolacion, and the arrested couple as Ernesto Yaquit, 35, and his partner Analou Palahang of Zone 4, Barangay Gusa.
The National Police Regional Drug Enforcement Unit said one of its members was forced to shoot Dabo-dabo because the suspect fired shots at officers.
Police said Dabo-dabo drew a caliber .38 revolver and fired two shots but missed after he sensed that he was dealing with an undercover agent. How the officer blew his cover in the middle of the transaction remains unclear.
Police claimed that the suspect also had a sachet of suspected shabu, and a P500-marked money.
In another buy-and-bust operation, police arrested Yaquit and Palahang in their Gusa home.
Authorities claimed the two had two sachets of suspected shabu and two teabags of dried marijuana leaves.
SPO1 Nolasco Gaabucayan, chief of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Macabalan police station, said Yaquit had just been released from city jail in Lumbia in November 2018.
Their arrest came a day after the arrest of a former barangay councilor and his companion during a buy-and-bust operation at Gaston Park.
Police arrested the suspects as Ian Cris Abas, 37, of Barangay 1, and Reyboy Alcopra of Nazareth.
The suspects allegedly yielded suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P50 thousand.
Another police operation, also on Sunday, resulted in the arrest of Michael Llorin, 33, of Barangay Puntod, and John Clint Flores, 32, of Barangay Gusa at relocation site in Calaanan, Canitoan.
Seized from Llorin were six sachets of suspected shabu, a P500-marked money, a mobile phone, and P330. Flores allegedly had two sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.
Two more drug suspects, both women, were also arrested the police in Barangay Consolacion on Sunday.
Maj. Ian Barinaga of the Carmen police, identified the suspects as Sheryl Lanaza 29, and Maria Luz Simanga, 22, of Consolacion.
They allegedly yielded a sachet of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.