CAMP GEN. ALEJO S. SANTOS, Bulacan -- Another drug pusher was killed and eight other drug suspects were arrested Monday and Tuesday as a result of the intensified anti-illegal drug operations in the province.

Col. Chito Bersaluna, provincial director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, said the drug suspect identified as Joe Deocareza was neutralized during the operation conducted in Barangay Gumaok East, City of San Jose Del Monte at around 10:40 p.m. Monday.

“The suspect engaged the operatives in a shootout, which prompted the law enforcers to fire back that resulted in his death,” he said.

Recovered from the crime scene were nine pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of shabu, one .38-caliber revolver without trademark and serial number, two caliber .38 live ammunition, three fired cartridges cases, and two 9mm fired cartridge cases.

Meanwhile, Bersaluna said the eight other drug suspects were arrested during operations conducted in Baliwag and Marilao towns. He identified them as Joewel Fabel, Christopher Salvatierra, Reymark Rodriguez, ThomJhay Villarante, Jesus Sicat, Angelo Tumibay, Eduardo Tañedo, and John Reynier Rioflorido.

Confiscated were eight heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of shabu, eight pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of dried marijuana fruiting tops, and buy-bust money.

The arrested suspects and seized pieces of evidence were brought to Bulacan Crime Laboratory for appropriate examination, while criminal complaints for violation of Section 5 and Section 11 of Article II of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Acts of 2002) are being prepared for filing in court. (PNA)