Drug gang member killed in shootout

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A suspected member of a drug gang was killed in a buy-bust operation in Lumban town, Laguna, on Thursday, police said.

Senior Supt. Eleazar Matta, Laguna police director, said the suspect, Ched Cesaldo, a resident of Barangay Maytalang, belonged to the Manambit drug group.

Matta said members of the police intelligence unit conducted the operation at Barangay Concepcion around 1: 30 a.m. Cesaldo allegedly drew and fired a .38-caliber gun, prompting l aw enforcers to shoot back in defense.

In Legazpi Ci ty, antinarcotics agents arrested four drug suspects and seized from them P442,000 worth of “shabu” ( cr ystal meth) at Barangay Peñaranda here in an operation on Tuesday and Wednesday. — Inquirer

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