MARIKINA police arrested a woman claiming to be a “bail bond agent” and have connections with police and court officials and allegedly asking money in exchange for dropping charges of an arrested suspects following an entrapment operation Thursday night.
In a report submitted to Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Bernabe Balba by Marikina police chief Senior Supt. Roger Quesada, the suspect was identified as Sharon Barnuevo, 42, of Bgy. Sto. Niño, Marikina City.
Quesada said Barnuevo was nabbed by operatives of Station Drug Enforcement UNit (SDEU) headed by Insp. Greco Gonzales inside a fast-food chain on JP Rizal in Bgy. Sto. Niño at 6:30 p.m.
The arrest was made based on the complaint of Paul Valderas, 47, of Bgy. Calumpang, after Barnuevo made him believe that she could help him dropped charges against his wife, Lailani, 33.
Reports said Lailani was arrested by SDEU in a buy-bust operation and yielded 20 plastic sachets of suspected shabu. She is facing charges of violation of Secs. 5 and 11 of RA 9165.
In a complaint filed by Valderas, she met Barnuevo inside the Marikina City Police Station while visiting his wife who was in jail.
Barnuevo allegedly enticed him and name dropped officials such as SDEU chief Insp. Greco and some staff of Marikina Prosecutor’s Office that she has connections and can easily facilitate their transaction in exchange for huge amount of money.
Police disclosed that to convince the husband, Barnuevo would enter the office of the said officials.
Valderas went to the office of SDEU and confirmed the offer to its chief but he discovered that Barnuevo was allegedly a fixer and police did not know the woman and insisted that they cannot just dropped charges against an arrested criminal.
However, Quesada admitted that some “bail bond agent” from private insurance companies were at the police station and helped suspects to lower their bail bond.
Police recovered P30,000 from the suspect as initial payment and two cellular phones during the operation.
She is now detained and facing charges of robbery/exortion.