2 Drug Personalities Killed in Shootout with Cops in Dita, 2 Others Arrested

Written by PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA, Chief RPIO9 on . Posted in News Release

Two drug pushers were killed and two others were arrested during the joint drug buy-bust operation initiated by Zamboanga City Police Station 2 (Curuan) together with ZCPO Public Safety Company in Brgy. Dita, Zamboanga City on July 4, 2016 at about 8:30 AM. The fatalities were identified as Mark Gregorio Tarroza of Manga, Brgy. Bolong, Zamboanga City and Peter Galbon Gaffar of Brgy. Dita, Zamboanga City. The two other arrested suspects were identified as Jovin Tarroza Evangelista and Melham Abdul Asalla.

Reports disclosed that the operating units held an anti-illegal drug buy-bust operation in Brgy. Dita, Zamboanga City against Arsi Jumaari and Junie Hairin. However, the two suspects managed to escape upon the arrival of the raiding them. On the other hand, other suspects opened fire on the raiding team which prompted the lawmen to retaliate. This resulted in the death of the two suspects Tarroza, 26, resident of Manga, Brgy. Bolong, Zamboanga City, and Gaffar, 33, resident of Brgy. Dita, Zamboanga City, who was included in the drug watchlist of ZCPS2.

Recovered from Tarroza were a loaded cal. 45 pistol. On the other hand, a hand grenade was retrieved Gaffar.  During the clearing operation at the house of Arsi Jumaani, several illegal drugs (shabu) and drug paraphernalia were discovered in the possession of the two arrested suspects.

Arsi Jumaani is the no. 8 drug personality of ZCPS2 (Curuan). Subject is on bail for carnapping offense. Junie Hairin is previously a target of a “one time, big time operation” in Lubigan, Zamboanga City on March 30, 2016, and has a pending case for violation of RA 9165. 

The PRO9 leadership headed by Acting Regional Director PCSUPT BILLY B. BELTRAN lauded and commended the personnel of Zamboanga City Police Office for a job well done particularly on the war against illegal drugs.

Likewise, he urged all drug coddlers and users to stop their illegal activities. The Acting Regional Director also asks the public for their continued support and cooperation with the police by providing timely and accurate information regarding wanted persons and illegal drug personalities. Any information may be reported to the nearest police station or PRO9 Regional Operations Center 0917-506-2000 and i-Report Mo Kay TSIP 0917-8475-757.

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