No.1 drug ‘bodegero’ gunned down

A drug personality who is a top “bodegero” in the police drug list was shot dead by police operatives in Negros Oriental when he refused entry to policemen about to serve an order of the court to search his house while holding a gun and tried to point his gun to the raiding team.

Sensing danger, one of the operatives did not waste time pulled a gun and shoot the suspect before he can squeeze the trigger of his .38 cal. Revolver which was loaded with four live ammunition.

Declared dead on arrival at the Holy Child Hospital is Lito Belandres, married, resident of Purok Mansinitas, Sitio Canday-ong, barangay Calindagan known among drug circles as a top “bodegero” meaning, selling over 200 grams of shabu weekly, who sustained gunshot wounds in his body through a caliber 45 pistol.

Police said, Poblete’s men were briefed earlier that the subject is armed and dangerous, being the number one drug personality in Negros Oriental and with operations in Cebu even Bohol. According to Poblete, Belandres is also affiliated with the group of Jaguar in Manila and is in hiding in Canday-ong when Jaguar was gunned down recently.

Belandres has a beautiful house on top of a hill in Oslob, Cebu where he based his operation.

He is considered as Level 2 drug personality that can dispose 200 grams to 30 kilos of shabu per week.

Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) chief PCInsp Benedick Poblete said PIB and Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group operatives supervised by Acting COP of Dumaguete City Police Supt Jovito Atanacio were about to serve the Search Warrant to Belandres issued by regional trial court executive judge Gerardo Paguio Jr. when the suspect attempted to fire at them.

Recovered during the search were 20 medium- sized sachets and two bultos believed to contain shabu weighing 35 grams more or less and with a dangerous drugs board value of P350,000 more or less and other illegal drugs paraphernalia.

Record show that Belandres has served several years in jail for illegal possession of shabu in 2009.

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