Ex-Camarines policewoman arrested in drug buy-bust – The Manila Times

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday said they had arrested a former female police officer during their anti-illegal drug campaign in Camarines Sur province in the Bicol Region.
BGen. Warren de Leon, chief of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG), identified the suspect as ex-corporal Richelle Magalona Mata, a resident of San Rafael, Bato, Camarines Sur.
De Leon said in a statement Mata is a dismissed member of the PNP, adding that she was formerly included in the counterintelligence watchlist of the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office, Police Regional Office 5.
According to the IMEG chief, the counter-intelligence watchlist or CIW contains the names of PNP personnel with derogatory records.
Mata was arrested during a buy-bust set up by the IMEG's Luzon Field Unit Team 5 and other PNP units, along with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, on Sept. 30, 2022, in Barangay San Rafael, Bato, Camarines Sur.
De Leon said seized from Mata were three plastic sachets containing shabu weighing13 grams with an estimated value of P88,400 and one genuine P500 bill together with several pieces of boodle money used in the sting.
In 2019, he added, Mata tested positive for using illegal drugs after the PNP conducted a surprise drug test for all police personnel.
After testing positive, the suspect went on AWOL or absence without official leave and was later dismissed from the service.
It was learned that Mata then allegedly started selling illegal drugs, operating within the municipality of Bato and in nearby towns.
She will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.”
Mata is now under the custody of the Bato police.
“A concerned citizen who believed that this arrested dismissed policewoman is still a member of the PNP helped us in our information gathering, which resulted in the successful buy-bust,” de Leon said.
“Due to some PNP personnel pretending to be active even though they are no longer part of the PNP organization, we are continuing to step up our internal cleansing program against active, dismissed and retired PNP personnel. This is done to ensure that all our past efforts and successes won't be unraveled. Indeed, we can achieve so many things if we work together,” he added.

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