Top cop orders probe on police ties with drug syndicates

THE top police official in the Calabarzon, Quezon region has ordered a deeper investigation into the extent of police involvement in the illegal drug trade after three cops in Dasmarinas City, Cavite were caught with over 1.4 million peso (RM111,000) worth of syabu or crystal meth on Feb. 1.

Police Brigadier General Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr, commander of Police Region 4A, said he has directed Cavite police provincial director to immediately conduct a follow-up operation and thorough investigation “to unmask this drug group which involves the active police officers”.

“I will never let them drag the image of the organisation,” Nartatez said in a report issued by the PRO-4A.

“This illegal act undermines our efforts to combat the drug problem in the country. Such actions are reprehensible and those involved must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.

On Feb 2, Police Colonel Christopher Olazo, Cavite police chief, conducted a surprise drug test on all cops in the province.

Anti-illegal drugs operatives nabbed Corporal Christian Arjul Monteverde, Staff Sgt Tomas Dela Rea Jr, patrolman Jeru Set, all assigned to Dasmarinas police drug enforcement unit, and civilian Jorilyn Ambrad in a buy-bust operation in the city on Wednesday.

The suspects were allegedly responsible for the proliferation of illegal drugs in Dasmarinas and nearby municipalities. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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