P6.7-B shabu recycled?

The policeman arrested after yielding two kilos of shabu worth P13 million has agreed to tell all, P/Brig. Gen. Narciso Domingo, chief of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group, said Tuesday.

Domingo told PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. that P/Master Sgt. Rodolfo Mayo Jr. was set to start facing police investigators yesterday.

Before his arrest in a follow-up operation to the seizure of P6.7 billion worth of shabu at the Port of Manila, Mayo had no derogatory record, Domingo said.

In fact, Mayo was once recognized as a top PNP-DEG performer, Domingo stressed.

“We were able to convince him to reveal (what he knows) and we are happy to report to our Chief PNP that within today, we will start the interview with the suspect,” Domingo told reporters.

The P6.7 billion worth of shabu recovered from the stockroom of a lending company resulted in the arrest of one person who, in turn, pointed a finger at Mayo as their alleged accomplice in the drug trade.

On Monday, Azurin said the PNP-DEG is under investigation and that he would not care who gets bumped for possible involvement in the narcotics trade.

The drug haul may have come from China or recycled from previous police operations where the crystal meth was seized.

“One factor we need to investigate is whether (the P6.7 billion worth of shabu) came from past operations,” P/Lt. Vincent Cortez said.

Also on Tuesday, the Philippine Army reported the arrest of 13 construction workers for drugs inside the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The Army said it was assisted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in busting the 13 from inside a drug den inside the camp.

“The arrested construction worker states that he and his fellow suspects pool their meager daily income to buy shabu to keep them alert and active while at work,” the Army said.

“Joint operatives launched the drug sting after a month-long surveillance effort that ended with a PDEA poseur buyer transacting with the suspects at the drug den within the construction site,” it added.
The PA said it does not condone illegal activities in its camps which are drug-free zones.

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