Two police officers, who used to be the close-in security of a congressman in Negros Oriental, tested positive for shabu use, authorities said.
They are Police Officer 1 Nigel Electona, who was arrested in a buy-bust operation Wednesday in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, and PO1 Arnold Sadovilla Aguilar, who was found positive for use of illegal drugs during a test for his promotion, the police said.
Supt. Reynod Andot, deputy commander for operations of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, said Electona and Aguilar had been the close-in security of Rep. Arnie Teves (Neg. Or., 3 rd District) since he was the Barangay Captain of Malabugas, in Bayawan City, but they were replaced lately.
Occasionally, however, these police officers are requested to secure him in his visits in the mountains, Andot said.
Electona was about to be marked absent without leave by Dumaguete City police chief, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, for his failure to report to the Dumaguete PNP since July 29, 2016.
He appeared at the Dumaguete PS Tuesday, and brought a medical certificate stating that he can hardly stand. He arrived at the police station on board a motorcycle.
Atanacio said he had refused to accept Electona as one of the two replacements for the four officers transferred to the NORPPO command, due to reports that he is a drug user.
In fact, Atanacio said he had already requested for the nullification of Electona's assignment to the Dumaguete PNP.
On Wednesday, Electona was busted in Bayawan by elements of the Provincial Intelligence Branch, Provincial Special Operations Task Group, the Bayawan city police, headed by Supt. Melchor Agusin, and the NORPPO team, led by Andot.
Andot said they acted on persistent reports about the nefarious activities of a police officer in Bayawan City, adding that unidentified individuals come in and out of a hotel where he was staying for a long time.
The hotel located at Peping Gamo Street in Barangay Tinago, Bayawan City, is owned by Basay Mayor Beda Cañamaque, who was earlier named by President Rodrigo Duterte as having links to the illegal drugs trade.
At the police station, Electona tried to grab the firearm of a police officer, but was subdued by operatives of the provincial command.
Recovered from his possession were four transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu granules, a bundle of empty plastic sachets, a bundle of tin foil, a pair of scissors, one plastic container, a bundle of assorted disposable lighters, a P500 bill;
One 45 caliber pistol with a loaded magazine and chamber, two extra magazines for 45 caliber pistol loaded with live ammunitions, one magazine for M16 rifle loaded with 25 live ammunition, 33 live ammo of 5.56 mm, and five ammo of 380 caliber pistol.
Meanwhile, a suspected drug pusher was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Dumaguete City recently.
The City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, headed by Senior Insp. Romeo Cubo, and intelligence chief, SPO4 Dario Paquira, arrested Carlos Jose Navarro y Escalante, 42, single, of Tubod, Barangay Looc in Dumaguete City, when he sold a pack of suspected shabu, worth P12,000, to a police-poseur buyer.
A body search on the suspect yielded three more “bultos (big packs)” of suspected shabu, the police said.
Atanacio said Navarro get his supplies from San Carlos City in Negros Occidental.
He was earlier subjected to Operation Tokhang, and approached by Motong Barangay Captain Diony Amores, but he refused to surrender, the police added .*JG
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