Police academy expands drug testing to 1,065 personnel

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A contractual employee of the Philippine National Police Academy was found positive for drug use during recent drug screening of more personnel at the training facility following the discovery of drug use by a senior police cadet.  

This developed as another job order employee was identified as the source of illegal drugs of the graduating cadet who earlier tested positive for drug use.

Both civilian employees are now the subject of a deeper investigation by PNP authorities, even as PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas ordered criminal and administrative cases filed against all personnel involved.

The Chief PNP said the PNP Crime laboratory has so far administered drug testing to 1,065 personnel of the PNP Academy comprising 817 cadets, 44 Police Commissioned Officers, 44 Police Non-Commissioned Officers, 12 Non-Uniformed personnel and 148 job-order employees and service providers, composed of utility and mess hall workers, security guards, janitors, and barbers.

Sinas said Zepther G. Samonte, a contractual band member was initially screened positive for illegal drug use.

Meanwhile, a follow-up investigation on Cadet 1st Class John David Macagba revealed his alleged source of illegal drugs as Diosdado Reyes, 25 years old, a stay-in Mess Hall worker.

Citing reports from PNPA Acting Director Police Brig. Gen. Rhoderick Armamento, Sinas said Macagba admitted that he bought P3,000 worth of shabu from Reyes.

Reyes was cornered at the Mess Hall Quarters on January 5, 2021, by PNPA officials led by P/BGen Armamento together with Intelligence and  Investigation  Section and Tactics Group. He was turned over to Silang Municipal Police Station together with recovered drug paraphernalia including used strips of aluminum foil with visible traces of the white crystalline substance, he is scheduled to be charged before and inquest prosecutor on Wednesday.

In a follow-up anti-drug operation, a certain Noel Miranda aka Bayabas, 28 years old, was apprehended at about 9 p.m. of January 5, 2021, at Barangay Lumil Silang, Cavite by joint units from Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and Silang Municipal Police Station.

Miranda was listed as newly Identified Drug Personality but reportedly the main source of Reyes.

Confiscated from his possession during the buy-bust operation were two pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of shabu and P500 marked money. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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