By LITO RULONA
THE chief of the City Drug Enforcement Unit of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office on Monday confirmed that there are raw information about more police officers here who are allegedly into substance abuse and with links to the drug trade.
Senior Insp. Maricris Mulat, CDEU chief, revealed this even as authorities pressed charges of illegal drug use against an officer who was caught with two civilians during a buy-and-bust operation inside an alleged “drug den” in Carmen, this city, on Saturday.
“Naa kita’y nadunggan nga dunay pipila ka polis nga involved sa using and distribution,” Mulat said.
Aside from a criminal case, an administrative case is being prepared against PO2 Buenaventura Reyes Jr..
Mulat spoke of a “list” of officers suspected to be into drugs or with links to the drug trade.
Incidentally, Reyes is not in the “list,” she said.
“Surprised gyud ta apan wala kita’y mahimo,” Mulat said.
Reyes is a member of the Agora police’ s mobile unit. Before that, he was an intelligence operative of the same police station.
Reyes was allegedly caught using suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with two other suspects identified as Julius Narvasa of Quezon, Bukidnon, and Ian Torres of Zone 6, Barangay Carmen, this city.
But unlike Reyes, the two civilian suspects were charged with selling and possessing illegal drugs. Selling of drugs is a non-bailable offense.
Police said Reyes tested positive for drug use.
An administrative case, which is being prepared at presstime, could cost Reyes his police career, said Mulat.
Mulat said police officers were caught by surprise when they caught Reyes in the “drug den.” She said no one had suspected Reyes was into shabu and there was no information that he had links to illegal drugs.
The arresting officers only realized that they were into something big when they saw a motorcycle with police markings outside the alleged drug den. Their suspicion was confirmed when they found Reyes inside.
Police said Reyes was armed, wore the prescribed police pants and a white t-shirt during his arrest.
“The case of Reyes should serve as warning to them. Wala gani siya mitubag sa police interrogation and we respected him. We are not tolerating any police officer bisan nangayo siya og pasaylo. There is no second chance,” Mulat said.
Mulat said the target of the police operation was Torres, suspected to be a drug dealer.
According to Mulat, Torres allegedly sold drugs to government employees, including members of the Roads and Traffic Administration.