Drug suspect killed in drug bust
A NEWLY-IDENTIFIED drug personality was killed after he reportedly resisted arrested in a buy-bust operation at Barangay Poblacion 1 in Sagay City, Negros Occidental Friday, February 1.
Police identified the fatality as Leobon Charita, 26, of Barangay Old Sagay.
He was allegedly a leader of a drug group in the city.
Chief Inspector Antonio Benitez Jr., city police chief, said Charita allegedly sold a suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) to Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) Ronie Sanico for P500 at his rented house.
After the transaction, Charita, however, sensed he was dealing with a policeman, which prompted him to shoot the latter.
The police officer was hit on a bullet vest and fell to the ground.
Sanico’s colleagues saw the suspect, armed with a .38 caliber revolver, and fired at him twice, hitting him on the head and chest.
Charita was declared dead at a hospital. The police was unharmed.
Benitez said they had no intention to kill the suspect but only to neutralize him.
However, because there is an imminent danger, Benitez said it is also necessary to protect themselves.
Recovered from the scene were the suspect’s firearm loaded with ammunition, 17 sachets of suspected shabu worth P20,000, drug paraphernalia, and the P500 marked money.
Charita was previously under the drugs watchlist and later on formed his own drug group.
He was placed under surveillance for more than three weeks, Benitez said.
Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Edison Garcia, public information officer of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo), said a moto propio investigation will be conducted by the Provincial Internal Affairs Service (PIAS) on the incident.*