Cop, pusher arrested in drug den

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Friday, March 21, 2014


A POLICEMAN was arrested while allegedly visiting a drug den in Lopez-Jaena Streets, Barangay 20, Bacolod City after a suspected drug pusher was also apprehended in a buy-bust operation in the area by police operatives Wednesday evening.

The operation was conducted by the Bacolod City Police Office Special Operations Group (SOG).

Police identified the suspects as Police Officer 3 Leri Lumawag, 37, of Candoni Municipal Police Station, and Rogelio Maalat, 42, of Lopez-Jaena, Hinigaran.

Supt. Jefferson Descallar, head of SOG, said Maalat was arrested around 9:30 p.m. when he handed to a police poseur-buyer a sachet of suspected shabu in exchange for P300.

Police recovered from Maalat’s possession the small plastic sachet of suspected shabu and the marked money along with a pair of scissors, two disposable lighters and an improvised tooter.

Descallar said that during the operation, Lumawag was also in the area and was arrested for violation of Section 7 or visiting a drug den, of Republic Act 9165.

The two others persons in the vicinity escaped.

Lumawag told the police that he was visiting a friend and he didn’t know there is an illegal drug operation in the area.

However, Descallar said it’s only an alibi because it is impossible that he didn’t know there is a drug den in the area.

He said they are preparing the documents for the filing of charges against the suspects for violation of R.A. 9165. The two suspects were brought to Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office crime laboratory for drug test.

Descallar said they have already coordinated with the Candoni Municipal Police Station for the filing of administrative sanction against Lumawag.

He said they will not tolerate such action from a member of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

This should serve as warning to all members of the PNP, he added.
For his part, Maalat denied that he is a drug pusher and he claimed that the recovered items were planted.

Descallar said that Maalat’s claim is the usual alibi of a drug suspect.
Investigation also revealed that Maalat was always seen in the area delivering illegal drugs.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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