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2 drug dealers slain in Pasig buy-bust

August 22, 2019 - Thursday 3:08 PM by Ruth Palo

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar points to one of two suspected drug dealers killed in a shootout with police. NCRPO photo

Two suspected drug dealers were killed after engaging police officers in a shootout after a buy-bust operation in Pasig City past midnight on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar identified the slain suspects as Jalal Salamoden, a resident of Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City; and Sampiano Rason, resident of Barangay Rosario, Pasig City.

Eleazar said the operation was conducted by joint elements of the NCRPO’s Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU), Pasig City Police Station, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) NCR at around 12:01 a.m. in front of a gasoline station along Felix Avenue in Barangay Dela Paz, Pasig City.

Eleazar said a police operative acted as a buyer and was able to purchase two plastic bags of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) weighing 200 grams each worth P450,000 from the two suspects who were on board a motorcycle.

After the drug deal, one of the suspects sensed that the person who transacted with him was a policeman and immediately shot at the undercover agent as they sped off towards Kabayanihan Street.

As the raiding pursued them, a firefight broke out that resulted in the two suspects’ death.

Eleazar said police recovered from the two suspects a total of one kilo of shabu with street value of P6.8 million.

Also found in the possession of the two suspects were several firearms and ammunition.

Eleazar said based on records, the two suspects were members of a syndicated criminal gang headed by Amin Imam Buratong, who is serving sentence at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) for running the "Shabu Tiangge" in Pasig City in 2006.

“Despite his  imprisonment, he manages still to operate illegal drugs trade through his cousin Acsaimin Buratong and some armed and dangerous followers,” Eleazar said.