After several hours of pursuit operation, the Tanjay City police recaptured the drug suspect, who escaped from his six police escorts at the Hall of Justice in Barangay Piapi, Dumaguete City Sunday afternoon.
Chief Insp. Teodorico Picardal of the Tanjay police said Enrile Gayo Reyes, alias “Eloy”, 29, of Poblacion 4 in Tanjay, is now detained at the station’s lockup cell. He has been charged for violation of sections 5, 11, and 12 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Presidential Decree 1866 as amended by RA 9516, for possession of a .45 Colt pistol with one magazine containing eight live rounds of ammunition.
Picardal said Reyes was recaptured in a manhunt operation, and not because he had sent surrender feelers as claimed by his wife, Nancy. He said pursuing policemen zeroed in on Reyes but were waiting for the opportune time to rush him since he is considered a level 2 drug personality, and is armed and dangerous.
A level 2 drug suspect is one who disposes of around P60,000 worth of shabu each week, the police said.
He said that when Reyes fled from the Hall of Justice, he boarded a bus going north, made a stopover in Polo, Tanjay, then proceeded to Barangay Bahian.
Reyes escaped while his police escorts, Senior Police Officer 4 Edwin Pinero, SPO3 Joseph Margasino, SPO1 Joseph Olis, PO3 Dickmar Gornez, and Police Officers 1 Lyndon Crisostomo and Johnny Quilapquilat, and the Clerk of Court, Talan Bonganciso, were going over the items seized from him during the drug-bust and entrapment operations. He ran down the stairs and scaled the back wall of the Hall of Justice.
Picardal said Reyes managed to loosen his handcuffs but the suspect said he had removed them “with magic”.
Picardal denied speculations that Reyes bribed his way out since he was brought to the Hall of Justice with Ramy Miraflor and Raybil Ravanes, who had also been arrested in the drug-bust in Tanjay Sunday morning.
The operation yielded 10 sachets of suspected shabu granules, four improvised tooters, disposal lighters, used pieces of tin foils, a digital weighing scale, a pair of scissors, flashlight, small lamp shade, a notebook containing what police believed to be records of receivables from clients, a .45 caliber pistol with one magazine and eight live ammunition, a 38 caliber revolver with six rounds of live ammunition, and P6,410 in cash, believed to be proceeds from the illegal drugs activity.
Tanjay City Prosecutor Elson Bustamante said Reyes has waived his right to a preliminary investigation of the charges filed against him, while Miraflor was charged for violation of Section 5 of RA 9165 with no bail recommended and Ravanes, the nephew of Reyes, for illegal possession of firearms before the Tanjay Municipal Trial Court in Cities.*JG