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Anti-drug operation kills Odicta remnant in Iloilo

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A suspected remnant of the Odicta drug group was killed in an anti-drug sting operation over the weekend in Concepcion town in Iloilo.

Police gunned down Roger Deocampo, 56, of Barangay Aglosong in Concepcion, after he allegedly tried to shoot police operatives arresting him.

Deocampo succumbed to a gunshot wound in the head. Recovered from him were three sachets of suspected methamphetamine (shabu).

Concepcion police head Chief Inspector Jonah Galicha said Deocampo agreed to sell two sachets of suspected shabu for P400 at Brgy. Bacjawan Sur.

But Galicha said that when the undercover police agent signaled colleagues to close in on Deocampo, he pulled out a 12-gauge shotgun and fired at the policemen.

“We have no choice but to fire back,” Galicha said.

Galicha said Deocampo had been under surveillance for several years already. He was a subject of Oplan Tokhang but appeared at the police station to deny involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Also, Galicha said their investigation showed Deocampo was a downline of the Odicta Drug Group, and later worked for Noel Salcedo, brother of former Mayor Neptali Salcedo Sr. of Sara town.

The mayor was the subject of a firearms raid on Oct. 17 last year.

Deocampo was also linked to gunrunning, selling a homemade cal-.45 pistol for P17,000 to an undercover police informer.

Investigation also showed he represented himself as an asset of the Military Intelligence Group, and recruited several men and asked them for money in exchange for an ID card.