Sierra Bullones police on ThursdayÂ arrested the suspected top pusher in the town who was unharmed in a gun attack against him four days ago, August 1, 2016.
According to police, the suspect, 28-year-old Jason Diaz, was apprehended in possession of suspected shabu and a K9 automatic submachine gun in buy-bust operation conducted in Barangay Calangit in the said town.
Diaz is number one in the townâ€™s drug watch list and had recently surrendered to authorities for his involvement in drug activities, said Inspector Geronimo Conarco of the Sierra Bullones police.
However, information reaching the authorities indicated that the suspect continued to peddle drugs in Purok 3 of Brgy Calangit, prompting the police to conduct the operation against him.
DiazÂ sold P500 worth of suspected shabu to a police poseur-buyer resulting in his arrest.
The suspect attempted to escape but was immediately collared by operatives stationed around the operation area, Conarco said.
Police also recovered two loaded submachine gun magazines, 11 live 9mm bullets, drug paraphernalia, and medium-sized pack and four packets of suspected shabu from Diaz.
Authorities are preparing to file charges against the suspect for violating Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and Section 5 and Section 11 of Artcile II RA 9165 or the Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.
Before the ThursdayÂ buy-bust, Diaz was shot at three times by an unidentified suspect inside a restaurant in Sierra Bullones on Monday but escaped unharmed.
The failed apparent assassination took place a few hours after the number three drug suspect in Sierra BullonesÂ and close associate of Diaz, Romulo Quimpson Jr, was shot eight times in the head and killed while sleeping on a hammock in Candijay by an also unknown gunman. (Willy Maestrado)