A “shabu runner/pusher”, was found dead with a gunshot wound on his body, at Hacienda Josefa II in Barangay Blumentritt, Murcia town in Negros Occidental, at about 5:50 a.m. yesterday.
The victim was identified as Neil Guzman, 35, of Paglaum Village in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, Senior Insp. Lawrence Gerald Bathan, Murcia Police Station chief, said.
Initial investigation showed that Guzman sustained a gunshot wound on his back and the bullet exited on his face, Bathan said, adding that he was believed to have been dead for more than six hours before being found.
The police are looking into the angle of drugs as the motive for the incident, since Guzman was allegedly known for his drugs activity in Paglaum Village, Bathan said.
Chief Insp. Charles Gever, Police Station 7 commander, also confirmed that they have received information about the drugs activity of Guzman in Purok Paglaum but these are being validated yet.
Recovered from the crime scene was a deformed slug of an unknown caliber of firearm, police records show.
Meanwhile, the top 1 in the drugs watchlist of Police Station 6 was arrested in Purok Pilipinhon, Barangay 30 in Bacolod City, at about 11:55 p.m. Saturday.
Ryan Aguirre, 36, of Barangay 33, was nabbed by Station 6 operatives, who conducted the buy-bust operation against him, a police report said.
The police also apprehended Efren Bedoria, 24, and Gregory Lastimoso, 29, of Barangay Mansilingan, who were having a pot session inside the house, Chief Insp. Jovil Sedel, Station 6 commander, said yesterday.
A big heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu and P500 in marked money were recovered from Aguirre, the police said.
The operation also yielded a small black pouch containing eight elongated heat-sealed sachets of suspected shabu, an improvised tooter with traces of suspected shabu, P200 in cash, a small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu, an improvised tooter with visible traces of suspected shabu, and two disposable lighters, police records show.
Sedel said Bedoria and Lastimoso have already been subjected to drug testing and their results are being awaited.
Aguirre, Bedoria and Lastimoso are now detained at the custodial facility of Station 6 and charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being readied against them, Sedel also said.*SGG
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