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Drug suspect killed in Cavite shootout

GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite – One of two suspected drug pushers was killed on Saturday night in a shootout with a police team after a buy-bust operation at Belmont Hills Subdivision in Barangay Pasong Kawayan II here.

Crisanto Impas Alcantara, 42, a construction worker, was declared dead on arrival at M.V. Santiago Hospital. He suffered a bullet wound in the left chest.

His companion – Freddie Lobusta Bernardino, 38, also a construction worker – was nabbed by the team after the shooting.

PO2 Christian Nel Cuevas, case investigator, said police found at the scene a .38-caliber revolver with a shell and four bullets in its cylinder, eight sachets of suspected “shabu” weighing about 10 grams and valued at P15,000; one P500 bill and nine P20 bills, a sachet with shabu” residue and a pair of scissor.

The operation was conducted by the General Trias Police Intelligence-Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group at past 7 p.m. Saturday. Both Alcantara and Bernardino live at Belmont Hills Subdivision.

Cuevas reported that Alcantara drew a gun and fired when he was alerted by Bernardino about the lawmen’s presence shortly after he (Alcantara) handed a sachet of suspected “shabu” containing 0.12 gram to a poseur buyer.

The shooting prompted a team member to fire back at Alcantara once with the bullet hitting his chest.

The team also found two sachets with suspected “shabu” weighing 10 grams in the possession of Bernardino when they held him during the operation, it was reported. (Anthony Giron)