A suspended police officer involved in drug peddling and robbery-holdup was arrested in a buy-bust operation Wednesday afternoon in Muntinlupa City.
Muntinlupa police chief P/Col. Gerry Umayao said P/SSgt. Raphael Aves Justo, assigned at the Regional Personnel and Records Management Division of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPS), was arrested at around 2:15 p.m. by joint elements of Muntinlupa Police Intelligence Group and Station Drug Enforcement Unit in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) along Barrio Karunungan Type C NBP Reservation, Bgy. Poblacion.
He was collared by authorities when he handed a pack of shabu to an undercover cop in exchange for P2,000 marked money which was later recovered from his possession, along with another plastic sachet containing undetermined quantity of shabu.
Records showed that in 2017, Sgt. Justo went AWOL (absent without official leave) after he was involved in illegal activities, including peddling of illegal drugs and robbery holdup but was reinstated again.
Recently, he was meted 41days suspension by the NCRPO which is set to lapse on October 7 until he was arrested Wednesday in a buy-bust operation.
Justo is now facing charges for violation of R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 while a separate administrative charges will also be filed against him by NCRPO.