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Fighting cock handler and alleged drug pusher shot, wounded during drug buy- bust opn

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A fighting cock handler, who is also into drugs, was shot and wounded after grabbing the rifle of a police drug operative during a buy-bust operation at Fermin Drive, Barangay Camino Nuevo, this city last Friday.

Police identified the drug suspect as Jefferson Escalicas y Malilit, 28, single and a resident of Mormons Drive, Barangay Tetuan, this city.

The suspect was brought to the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) after he sustained a gunshot wound in his left ankle.

Investigation conducted showed that the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of Police Station 7 led by Sr. Insp. Haran Ulah conducted an anti-drug operation at Camino Nuevo that resulted to the arrest of Escalicas.

Recovered from the suspect’s possession were a large and 4 small plastic sachets of alleged shabu which is estimated to be worth P20,000, digital weighing scale and 2 pieces of the P100 mark money bill.

Probers said that the suspect upon his arrest immediately grabbed the M16 Armalite Rifle of Police Officer 3 Arnel Ferrer prompting the operative to shoot him. He was hit in his ankle.

The suspect was rushed to the hospital and is presently confined while under police custody.

A case for violation of R.A. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be forwarded by the police to the City Prosecutor’s Office against the suspect.

The confiscated illegal drugs have already been submitted by the police to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 9 for the laboratory examination. (Eugene A. Lasprilla)




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