Cops nab Albay drug group head

LEGAZPI CITY, April 3 (PNA) -- The No. 7 in the provincial drug watchlist of Albay, the leader of the Embido drug and gunrunning syndicate, fell into the hands of the law after he engaged in a shootout police officers who were supposed to serve a search warrant in his house at Purok 3, Barangay Paulog, Ligao City.

A police report said gang head Eduardo Embido resisted and shot it out with members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Ligao City Police Station before the latter could come closer and serve the warrant issued by Judge Edwin Maalat of the Ligao Regional Trial Court Branch 14 at his residence at about 2:10 p.m. on Saturday.

Embido, the report said, used an automatic gun, preventing the authorities to come closer and return the fire of the gang leader.

This prompted reinforcement from the Provincial Public Safety Company and Regional Public Safety Battalion, which immediately arrived, forcing Embido to surrender.

While searching the suspect's house, the police operatives found an M-16 Armalite rifle with suppressor, a KJ 9mm machine pistol, a .45-caliber pistol, a .22-caliber rifle, a long magazine for M-16 and machine pistol and 300 rounds of ammunition for various calibers of firearms.

The raiding law enforcers also confiscated about 50 grams of shabu and drug paraphernalia.

They immediately filed a string of cases against Embido who is now temporarily jailed at the detention cell of the CIDG-Albay. (PNA) SCS/FGS/JH/CBD/PJN