Tarlac cop tagged as shabu supplier, arrested with friend


    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga- A policeman was arrested yesterday by his colleagues in the police force of Gerona, Tarlac after he was tagged as a “shabu” pusher in Gerona and his hometown in Paniqui in the same province.

    A report reaching Tarlac police director Senior Supt. Alex Sintin identified the policeman as PO3 Emmerson Garcia of the Paniqui police force and his friend Dennis Navarro, also from Paniqui.

    Garcia was arrested after one Margarette Tapang of Barangay Estacion, Paniqui, named him as her supplier of shabu. Tapang was earlier nabbed in a buy-bust operation at Total Gas Station, Barangay Abagon in Gerona.

    She later told probers that she was supposed to deliver shabu to buyers when she was arrested. Tapang then spilled the beans on Garcia and Navarro who, she said, were her suppliers who were waiting for her at a restaurant in Gerona.

    Policemen arrested Garcia and his companions in the restaurant. A search on Garcia’s car, as witnessed by barangay officials, revealed two plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, numerous drug paraphernalia, nine live ammunitions of different calibers, a 9 mm. Berreta pistol and 10 pieces of used lighters.

    The arresting police team from the Gerona police was composed of PO1 Joel Gamboa and PO2 Ronald Ramos,
    PO2 Mike Lester Bustillos and PO2 Vic Perez, along with cops from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group
    led by SPO4 George Cruz.

    One of Garcia’s colleagues from the Paniqui station who requested to be anonymous disclosed that Garcia tested positive for shabu during a police random drug test last week.

    Garcia and his companion remained at the Gerona jail and were charged yesterday for illegal drugs pushing.


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