A suspected big time drug pusher and his companion were slain in a hail of bullets from elements of the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) of the Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) Thursday afternoon while another drug personality was gunned down in Panglao on the same day.
Kalvin Licong, 24, single and a resident of Torrero Private Road, Cogon District, Tagbilaran City and his still unidentified companion were killed during a buy bust operation yesterday afternoon, inside a room in a pension house located in Tamblot St. Extension, Cogon District, Tagbilaran City.
According to Police Senior Inspector Jojit Manangquil,Â Deputy Chief of the Police Intelligence Branch (PIB) of the Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO),Â Licong, was a level 1 drug dealer allegedly disposing 1 kilo of shabu a week. He rose from the ranks taking over major drug distribution from jailed or slain drug dealers.
Police was tipped off that Licong was bringing in 3 kilos of shabu estimated at P33 million for distribution in the province.
Initial police investigation showed that Licong handed to a police asset one sachet containing suspected shabu in exchange for P500.00 marked money in the hallway near their room.
Sensing the presence of police officers, Licong and his companion attempted to pull out their firearms hidden under the bed mattress but were beaten to the draw by the two police officers.
Both suspects were hit near their right eyes by the service firearms of the escorting police officers.
Police recovered 14 large packs of shabu with an estimated street value of P300,000.00, a .45 caliber handgun and an Ingram submachine gun.
The suspects checked in a hotel in the city on Wednesday where several persons were observed visiting their room. The two checked out the next day, as the police momentarily lost track but were tipped that the suspects took a room in a pension house in Tamblot St. Extension.
A buy bust operation was immediately set in motion that ended in the shooting of the suspects.
Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) of the BPPO are now gathering more evidence as of press time.
Licong was in the watch list of drug personalities in the city.
Â Meanwhile,Â a drug suspect operating in Panglao identified Cloyde L. Quijada 38 single of Danao,was killed in a shootout during an anti-drug operation last Thursday afternoon.
Police Senior Insp. Joemar S. Pomarejos and the Regional Public Safety Battalion personnel led the drug bust operation. Investigation revealed that Quijada ran into his house upon sensing the operatives. The suspect fired upon the poseur buyer using a short firearm. This prompted the operatives to retaliate killing the suspect.
The Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered several packs of suspected shabu, one caliber .38 revolver and drug paraphernalia in the crime scene, police said.Â (Chito M. M. Visarra)