May 22, 2024

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Calabarzon top cop orders unmasking of drug group that involves cops

By Jun Talusan

BRIG. Gen. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr.,  Police Regional Office 4A (Calabarzon) Director, has ordered an investigation into the involvement of active policemen under his jurisdiction in illegal drug activities.

The Calabarzon top cop issued the directive following the arrest of three policemen in Cavite in a buy-bust operation that led to the confiscation of more than P1.4 million worth of shabu.

“I already directed the Cavite provincial director to immediately conduct follow-up operation and thorough investigation to unmask this drug group, which involves active police officers. I will never let them drag the image of the organization,” Nartatez said.

“This illegal act undermines our efforts to combat the drug problem in the country. Such actions are reprehensible and those involved must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.

Arrested during the operation in Bgy. Salittran 2, Dasmariñas City, Cavite on February 1 were Cpl. Christian Arjul  Dayrit Monteverde, 35; Staff Sgt. Tomas Celleza Dela Rea Jr., 34; Pat. Jeru Set, all assigned at the Dasmarinas City Police Station; and civilian Jorilyn Ambrad, 22.

Confiscated from the four were some 210 grams of shabu valued at P1,431,600.

A confidential informant told authorities that an alias “Lian” and her cohorts are responsible in the proliferation of illegal drugs in Dasmariñas, Cavite and the adjacent cities and towns. 

Nartatez said he would never tolerate misfits and scalawags in the organization, especially if members of the PNP Calabarzon are involved.