The Police in Philippines reportedly said that a foreign national alleged to be a member of an international drug syndicate died during a shootout with authorities on Thursday, Dec 31 in Tarlac is a Nigerian.
The reports by Tarlac Police Director, REYNANTE CABICO, stated that a joint operatives of PDEG-SOU 8, SOU2, SOU1, RID3, Concepcion MPS, Tarlac PPO, RIU3, AKG and PDEA under the supervision of PBGEN RONALD LEE, PNP DEG Director conducted buy bust operation which turned shootout in a videoke bar located at Brgy., Jefmin, Concepcion Tarlac which resulted in the death of Gabriel Onyechefula, a Nigerian National and seizure of Three (3) knot-tied transparent plastic bag containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu (Hard Drugs) weighing more or less 2 kgs with DDB value of Php 13,600,000; 1 caliber 9mm machine pistol with ammunition and 2 pcs genuine Php 1000 bill placed on top of 14 bundles of boodle money.
DE LEON also said that further investigation revealed that slain suspect is a member of West African Syndicate (WADS) responsible in the proliferation of shabu and cocaine in the country, they also lure Filipinos to become drug mules.
“Through our revitalized drug campaign in line with the directives of PNP Chief PGEN DEBOLD M SINAS, all police units are working closely together to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs not just in the region but the entire country and we appeal to everyone to continue helping us in our campaign against illegal drugs in order to make our country drug-free,” PBGEN DE LEON added. (PIO-3)