A police officer, who managed to post bail for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Drug Act of 2002, after his apprehension in May, was again arrested yesterday by his colleagues during a buy-bust operation in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, for a similar violation.
Chief Inspector Lester Leada, Binalbagan police officer-in-charge, identified the arrested suspect as Police Officer 1 Matt Alvaran, who had gone AWOL (Absent With Out Leave).
Leada said the buy-bust operation in Brgy. San Vicente, Binalbagan, led to the arrest of Alvaran and the confiscation of about a gram of suspected shabu, a .38 caliber revolver with five live ammunition, and assorted shabu paraphernalia.
Alvaran, who used to be assigned at the Bacolod City Police Office, was arrested in May also for violation of RA 9165 in the same place, and in response to the complaints of a 15-year-old, whom he allegedly forced to use shabu, investigations of the Binalbagan police showed.
Leada, however, said that Alvaran managed to post bail for illegal possession of drugs, and was released from jail.
Alvaran and the shabu confiscated from him were brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory for drug testing.
Last week, two other AWOL policemen, both previously assigned at BCPO, were also neutralized by the police. One of them is now in jail, while another one died in an alleged shoot-out during a buy-bust operation in Bacolod City.
Alvaran tested positive for drug use, when he was arrested in May, Chief Inspector Albert Sy, former Binalbagan police chief, said.
Four policemen of Police Regional Office 18 also tested positive for drug use, police records show.
Meanwhile, Leada said 66 suspected pushers and users had also surrendered to the Binalbagan police, as of yesterday, in line with the Oplan Tokhang campaign of the PNP.*GPB
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