A 37-YEAR-old AWOL member of the Southern Police District was arrested by agents of the National Capital Region Police Office and the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group in an anti-narcotics operation beside the Minimum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City early afternoon Thursday, NCRPO director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, announced yesterday.
Ex-Patrolman Victor Salonga Bustamante, a resident of Barangay Poblacion,Camp Sampaguita inside the National Bilibid Prisons Reservation in Muntinlupa City was placed under arrest shortly after he sold five grams of shabu worth P68,000 to an undercover officer in his neighborhood at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, the Metro Manila police director said.
Recovered from the suspect’s possession were two pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets containing five grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine,’ the P10,000 worth of boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill, two empty caliber 9mm magazines, his PNP identification card and a mobile phone he used in making the drug transaction.
“He is not in anyway connected with the Philippine National Police. For sure, his apprehension will reduce the proliferation of illegal drugs in the different areas of this city,” said Eleazar as he scolded the accused in front of the media.
Eleazar said a record check showed that Bustamante became a Police Officer 1 assigned with the NCRPO in 2011 before being transferred to the SPD District Intelligence Division until he went AWOL last February after being monitored to be engaged in illegal drug activities.
The NCRPO director said the suspect was also monitored to be involved in robbery-extortion activities in the southern part of Metro Manila during his stint with the SPD.
PNP-IMEG and NCRPO intelligence agents monitored the illegal activities of the suspect prior to the entrapment operation which was triggered by complaints from some concerned citizens.
The drug sting was conducted by members of the NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and the Regional Special Operations Unit, the PNP-IMEG headed by Colonel Romeo M. Caramat Jr. and the Muntinlupa City Police Station.