Cop, cohort fall in P3.4-M drug sting in Caloocan

Published August 5, 2022, 1:11 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) arrested an active police officer and his cohort after they allegedly yielded P3.4 million worth of suspected crystal meth or “shabu” during a buy-bust operation in Caloocan City on Thursday, August 4.

Photo by PDEA

P/Cpl. Mark Jefferson Lopez, 30, was nabbed together with John Raster Jaie Muñoz, of Brgy. Bagong Silang, by PDEA agents around 5 p.m.

Operatives of the PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (RO-NCR) collared the suspects on Zabarte corner Camarin Roads in Barangay 172 in front of a shopping supermarket after they allegedly transacted with an undercover agent.

PDEA RO-NCR Director Christian Frivaldo reported that they seized from the suspects 500 grams of shabu, a Glock 17 police service firearm, a pistol magazine, 19 pieces of 9mm live ammunition, a Philippine National Police (PNP) identification card (ID), two mobile phones, and the buy-bust money.

Lopez and Muñoz face charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 otherwise known as “The Comprehensive dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.’’