LEGAZPI CITY – A civilian employee of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Calabanga, Camarines Sur was arrested for selling suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 11.
Maj. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 5 (Bicol), on Wednesday identified the suspect as Norberto Elorpe alias “Obet”, 36, of Barangay San Miguel of the same town.
He was assigned at the Magarao Municipal Police Station in Camarines Sur.
“The suspect was tagged by police operatives as an illegal drug pusher and protector, coddler, of an illegal drug group operating in the area,” Calubaquib said, citing a police report.
During the operation initiated by joint elements of the PNP’s Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the suspect yielded four sachets of suspected shabu weighing 7 grams, with an estimated street value of P47,600.
He was brought to the Calabanga Municipal Police Station for proper disposition and will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Chief of the IMEG, Brig. Gen. Oliver Enmodias, said the operation was part of the PNP’s ongoing Intensified Cleanliness Policy aimed at penalizing undesirable members of the organization defying strict directives and other policies.
Enmodias promised to conduct further investigation into the possible involvement of PNP and non-uniformed personnel in this modus.
He called on the public to report irregularities involving uniformed and non-uniformed PNP members to 0998-970-2286 or 0995-795-2569.