WATCH: Suspected Western Visayas drug dealer Melvin Odicta gunned down in Caticlan
A suspected drug dealer believed to head one of the biggest drug rings in Western Visayas was gunned down in Caticlan, Aklan before dawn Monday. Melvin Odicta and wife Meriam died from gunshot wounds at the Caticlan Jetty Port past 1 a.m., state-run Philippine Information Agency reported. The PIA cited initial police reports indicating the couple alighted from a roll-on roll-off vessel from Batangas Port when they were shot.
Melvin suffered multiple gunshot wounds while Meriam had one. Both were declared dead on arrival at a hospital in Malay. Police said their initial findings showed a cal-.45 pistol was used in the killing.
Police in Aklan were placed on heightened alert following the incident. Last July, a “Melvin Taxi” unit owned by Melvin was burned in Sta. Barbara town in Iloilo.
Odicta had been linked to the drug trade, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency claiming he heads one of two drug groups in Western Visayas.