FIVE persons, including a policeman who had gone absent without leave (Awol), were arrested in separate operations in Negros Occidental.
Chief Inspector Lester Leada, chief of Binalbagan Municipal Police Station, said that Police Officer 2 Matt Alvaran sold a sachet of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) to a police poseur-buyer for P200.
Leada said the buy-bust was conducted after they received reports that Alvaran claimed his pawned homemade .38 caliber revolver from a friend in Aguisan, Himamaylan City last week.
Alvaran resisted arrest, but police operatives collared him immediately, which led to the recovery of three sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of P6,000, drug paraphernalia, the P200 marked money and a .38 caliber revolver loaded with five ammunition.
Charges for violations of Sections 5, 11 and 12 of a Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive a Firearms and Ammunition Law are being readied against Alvaran, who is detained at the station.
Alvaran, a member of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) , was arrested last May after he provoked a minor into using illegal drugs and asked her to perform a sexual act.
He was able to post a bail of P200,000 for his drug charges, and P180,000 for violation of Republic Act 7610 or Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.
Leada said Alvaran also has a standing warrant for another drug charge.
Senior Superintendent Flynn Dongbo, acting director of BCPO, had earlier said that Alvaran has a pending dismissal order on his administrative case with the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas.