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Policeman in P6.7-billion drug bust once best cop in PNP anti-drug group

The police officer who was arrested in an operation that led to the confiscation of almost a ton of suspected shabu worth P6.7 billion over the weekend was once recognized the best policeman in the Philippine National Police - Drug Enforcement Group.

According to Jun Veneracion’s report on “24 Oras”, Police Master Sergeant Rodolfo Mayo Jr. had no prior derogatory record before he was arrested on Saturday night in Manila and yielded some two kilos of shabu said to be worth over P13 million.

Police Brigadier General Narcisco Domingo, director of the PNP-DEG, said Mayo had agreed to disclose details of the drug operations.

“Napapayag na po natin siya na mag-reveal and masaya po tayong i-report sa ating Chief PNP na within today sir, we will start the interview with the suspect,” Domingo told reporters.

A spokesman for the PNP-DEG said the confiscated huge amount of suspected shabu recovered from the stockroom of a lending company may have been smuggled from China.

This, he said, is based on the packaging of the seized drugs.

It may have also come from previous police operations where shabu was seized.

“Isang factor din yan na kailangan natin imbestigahan kung ito po ay galing sa past operations,” Police Lieutenant Vincent Cortez said.

The PNP on Monday said it will dig deeper to see if more cops are involved in the illegal drug trade following the arrest of Mayo. —NB/KG, GMA News