Manaoag drug peddlers die during police operation

Police crime scene

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – A buy-bust operation resulted in the death of two drug peddlers during police operation earlier today, September 1, 2018, 5:45 AM in Brgy. Mermer, Manaoag, Pangasinan, according to a press release from the Philippine National Police Regional Office 1.

The drug peddlers were identified as Danilo “Tersiong” De Guzman Cerdaña, a resident of Brgy Coldit, Asingan, Pangasinan and Jopet Espenoza  Caldona, a resident of Brgy Bolaoit, Malasiqui, Pangasinan.

According to PCInspector Melencio M. Mina, Chief of Police, Manaoag Police Station, one of the suspects drew his firearm and shot at the poseur buyer upon recognizing him a police officer. Fortunately, the police officer was wearing his bullet proof vest.

The aggression resulted in armed confrontation between the members of the backup team and the suspects. Cerdaña and Caldona sustained gunshot wounds in the different parts of their body.

The suspects were immediately rushed to Manaoag Community Hospital for treatment but were declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

The PNP Crime Laboratory Sub-Office, Urdaneta City processed the crime scene and were able to recover the following items: one (1) Smith and Wesson .38 Caliber Revolver without  Serial Number and cylinder loaded with two (2) live ammunitions; two (2) fired cartridge cases on its cylinder and one (1) fired bullet of the same caliber, one (1) Tanfoglio 9mm pistol with serial no. 111811 chamber loaded with five (5) live ammunitions; four (4) fired cartridge cases for  9mm; one (1) fired bullet for 9mm pistol; marked money amounting to five hundred pesos (Php500.00) and one (1) unit Honda TMX 155 motorcycle colored black without plate number.

Six heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected “shabu” were found on Cerdaña, while one piece of the same and another plastic bag both containing white crystalline substance believed to be “shabu” was recovered from Caldona.

“For the past months, our campaign against illegal drugs remains resilient and we are into more vigorous efforts that will wipe out illegal drug issues in the region,” PCSupt Romulo E Sapitula, PRO1 Regional Director said. (TNM/PNP PRO1 PIO)