‘Nanlaban’ in Tarlac: Nigerian dead in P13M drug bust
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—A drug buy-bust operation by police and narcotics agents turned into a gunfight that led to the killing of a Nigerian suspect and seizure of some P13 million worth of shabu, or crystal meth, in the town of Concepcion, Tarlac province on Thursday (Dec. 31), according to one official.
Gabriel Onyechefula, allegedly a member of an international drug syndicate, was killed in the gunfight inside a videoke bar at the village of Jefmin, according to Brig. Gen. Valeriano De Leon, Central Luzon police director, in a report.
Onyechefula allegedly belonged to the West African Syndicate, or WADS, that distributes shabu and cocaine in the Philippines, using also Filipinos as drug mules, De Leon said.
The Nigerian’s identification card photographed by the police showed him to be a medical technician intern of the University of the Northern Philippines.
The meth was packed in three transparent plastic bags that weighed at least 2 kilograms, according to police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The Nigerian allegedly fired a 9mm machine pistol at the law enforcement team.
Authorities recovered two P1,000 bills placed on top of 14 bundles of “boodle money” or fake bills that were used in the drug sting.
Edited by TSB
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