Joint elements of NCRPO Regional Special Operations Unit, Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and Manila Police Station 4 successfully conducted an anti-illegal drugs buy-bust operation at about 11:00pm of March 7, 2019 inside Rm B # 356, Calabasita Street, corner Calabash Street, Brgy 539 Zone 53, District 4, Sampaloc, Manila which resulted in the arrest of a policeman assigned in Manila Police District.
The suspect was identified as; PO1 Ferdinand Rafael y Cruz, male, 52 years old, presently assigned with the District Administrative Holding Unit (DAHU), Manila Police District, residing at Sampaloc, Manila.
Operation stemmed from an information received from a confidential informant that an alleged police officer is frequently visiting room B of the said apartment to peddle illegal drugs. Operatives then conducted casing and surveillance against the alleged policeman. They were able to secure an actual footage of Rafael while sniffing illegal drugs (shabu) hence, the buy bust operation was hatched.
Upon apprehension, operatives yielded a total of 15 grams of shabu with street value of Php 102,000.00.
Investigation revealed that Rafael was recruited in Special Action Force in 1995. He went on absent without official leave during his Commando training. He was then reinstated in police service in 2002 and was charged for an administrative case which latter caused his suspension. Moreover, he was assigned at Caloocan before his assignment in DAHU, MPD.
Cases for violation of Section 5, 11, 12, 14 and 15, Article ll of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act Of 2002) will be filed against the suspect.
The suspect was brought to RDEU office for documentation and proper disposition. The recovered pieces of evidence were brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory for Drug Test and Qualitative and Quantitative examination.
The National Capital Region Police Office Regional Director will never tolerate policemen to be involved in this “war on drugs” wherein they are supposed to be eradicating. PDIR ELEAZAR stated “Our district directors, the five district Directors and Station Commanders, we will intensify our intelligence monitoring, counter intelligence to find out kung sino pa sa mga kasamahan namin na involve sa droga at illegal activities and we are appealing to the public to continue supporting and cooperating with us.”