Pusher killed in S. Cotabato drug bust

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — An alleged notorious drug pusher was killed after reportedly resisting arrest during a buy-bust operation in the outskirts of Sto. Niño town in South Cotabato on Tuesday afternoon.

Supt. Romeo Galgo Jr., public information officer of the Police Regional Office-12, identified the slain suspect as Michael Digan Hamsa, a resident of Barangay Ambalgan in Sto. Niño.

He said elements from the Sto. Niño municipal police station staged an entrapment on Hamsa at around 2:15 p.m. a portion of Purok Lapuz in Barangay Ambalgan.

Posing as a buyer, a police officer negotiated for the purchase of a sachet of metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu worth PHP500 from the suspect.

“(But) after receiving the buy-bust money in the course of their transction, the suspect recognized the buyer as a police officer and sensed the presence of the other operatives so he resisted,” Galgo said.

He said Hamsa drew a handgun tucked on his waist and fired at the operatives, prompting them to retaliate and hit the latter.

Recovered from the suspect were a caliber .38 revolver loaded with four live bullets, a heat-sealed plastic sachet containing suspected shabu, assorted empty plastic sachets, PHP500 marked bill used in the buy-bust and several drug paraphernalia.

Scene-of-the-crime operatives found at the scene two spent shells reportedly fired from the suspect’s handgun. PNA-northboundasia.com