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Pio Duran’s top drug pusher slain in buy-bust

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The no. 1 listed drug personality in Pio Duran, Albay met his end during a buy-bust operation on Tuesday morning (September 13).

A Bicol Standard report said that the suspect, Roderick Ariate, was killed in a shootout with the lawmen who staged the buy-bust.

The police operation took place at 11:17 a.m. at Barangay Banawan in the third-class municipality. A gun battle ensued wherein Ariate was slain.

Police said that Ariate was the top drug pusher in Pio Duran, and was among the notorious peddlers in the entire province.