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Ex-cop nabbed in Surigao City buy-bust

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A former policeman was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Surigao City.

Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel Jr, Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 Director said Friday, June 12, Cabadelo Responte Sanchez, a former member of Dinagat Islands Police Provincial Office, was arrested Thursday, June 11, in Purok 3, Barangay Togbongon, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.

“The suspect was under the surveillance of our anti-narcotics operatives since he was listed as one of PRO13 Regional Top Priority Target Personalities on illegal drugs,” he said.

Esquivel said the poseur buyer bought from the suspect a plastic sachet containing a white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, with an estimated weight of 0.1 gram and Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of P1,180.00.

Sanchez was handcuffed after he received the P1,000.00 marked money from an undercover policeman. Cash money amounting to P1,000.00, in different denomination, and white Samsung Cellular phone were also found in his possession.

Records from PRO13 showed that Sanchez entered the Philippine National Police in 2010 but after two years, he was terminated for going Awol (absent without official leave).

“Those police officers who were linked to illegal activities are closely monitored. We are doing all possible actions allowed by law to arrest them and stop them from engaging in notorious activities,” Esquivel said. #

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