A SPECIAL Weapons and Tactics (Swat) officer and three others were caught during a buy-bust operation in Sitio Harag, Barangay Talavera in Toledo town last Saturday evening.
At 9:30 p.m., while members of the Toledo Police Station conducted a buy-bust against Neil Enriquez, 38, an alleged drug pusher in the area, they also received an alarm about an armed person there.
When the officers reached the place, a decoy bought drugs from Enriquez and they then raided the alleged drug den, said PO2 Herbert Honoridez, desk officer of the Toledo Police Station.
Inside, they saw PO2 Ronjie Nadora, 36, Richard Flores, 30, and Nanding Abella, 23, allegedly having a pot session.
Nadora is an active member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and was recently assigned to Bogo City after he was relieved from Naga.
According to Supt. Richard Oliver, chief of Bogo Police Station, he saw early indicators of Nadora’s drug use.
“Sa akong assessment naklaro na sa iyahang lihok ug expressions nga manggamitay gud siya (In my own assessment, it was clear in his movements and expressions that he used drugs),” he said.
The chief then drafted a request to transfer Nadora to another unit. Oliver said that Nadora was just assigned to his station last Monday, July 4.
The chief said that he immediately did a background check on Nadora from his previous station in Naga and found out that the latter had an unsatisfactory performance at work.
He said that he was only waiting for the transfer order from the administration and temporarily deployed Nadora as a Swat officer in their station.
“It’s good that this happened because it will serve as a warning that we will not tolerate this kind of act especially with our intense anti-illegal drugs campaign,” he said.
Oliver said that Nadora will automatically undergo an administrative inquiry for grave misconduct and may be dismissed from the service.
He will be charged with violating Section 6 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for visiting a drug den.
Confiscated from the suspects were a .357 revolver with four live ammunitions, an improvised shotgun with 4 live ammunitions and 19 small sachets believed to contain shabu.