AN alleged big-time drug dealer with connections from drug convicts at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City was killed on Sunday by government’s anti-illegal drugs operatives in Quezon City who also seized an estimated P27.2 million worth of shabu.
National Capital Region Police Office chief Maj. General Guillermo Eleazar said Edgardo Alfonso, of Pasig City, was killed after he shot it out with operatives of NCRPO’s Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
He said Alfonso drew his gun and shot it out with the operatives after he sensed that he was transacting with government agents during a buy-bust operation in front of a gasoline station at the corner of P. Tuazon and 18th Avenue in Quezon City at around 5 a.m.
Recovered from Alfonso were a .45 caliber pistol, P1.5 million cash that was used during the buy bust and an estimated 4 kilos of shabu worth P27.2 million.
Eleazar said the operation against the suspect was carried out after he had been identified as one of the sources of shabu in Metro Manila, as confirmed by information provided by other unidentified drug convicts at the Bilibid.
The NCRPO director said Alfonso has ties with drug convicts at the national penitentiary, who may still be involved in illegal drugs trade while serving sentence on drug cases.
Eleazar said they are investigating the connection between the drugs trade and convicts at the national penitentiary.
Almost 2,000 prisoners, most of whom served time on drug cases, have been freed out of the Good Conduct Time Allowance, but President Duterte wanted them to surrender within his 15-day deadline, or be hunted like fugitives.
The law, which had freed thousands of prisoners early since 2014, should exempt prisoners convicted of heinous crime, including drugs, legislators said.