CAGAYAN de Oro City–Law enforcers collared a police officer for alleged possession and peddling of illegal drugs during a “buy bust” operation in Tagolo-an, a coastal town of Misamis Oriental, Wednesday night, the police said Thursday.
Police Chief Inspector Albert Tare, the police chief of Tagolo-an, identified the suspect as PO2 Arnold Almanzor, a police officer assigned in the sub-police station of Cugman in Cagayan De Oro City and a certain “Grace” who was with him at the time of his arrest.
Tare said that the operatives recovered 10 sachets of “Shabu” (Methamphetamine Hydrochloride), an illegal drug known as the “poor man’s cocaine” that abound in the Philippines.
According to Tare, the police has been hunting a certain “Yoyong” who was reportedly known as the “ pusher ” of illegal Shabu in the town.
The law enforcers have no idea who “Yoyong” was because the informants could not describe even his face until the buy bust operation Wednesday night, Tare said.
“We [police] only knew that Almanzor turned out to be the faceless “Yoyong” after he was arrested in his boarding house in Tagolo- an Wednesday night,” Tare said.
Almanzor has denied the allegation and accused Tare’s group of putting the alleged illegal drugs in the pockets of his trousers Wednesday night.
He said that he tried to prevent the lawmen who tried to force open the door of his boarding house because “I don’t know them.”
Almanzor said that he has the issued firearms, but did not shoot because he has no idea who were the men outside the door.
“First, we sent an asset to buy twice the illegal drugs from the suspect. When the transaction turned positive, we send a police officer to buy the illegal drugs from the suspect for the third time,” Tare said.
He said that it was good that his partner prevented him from firing his gun, otherwise he would be killed by the operatives. For now, Almanzor has to answer the charges in court, Tare said.