MANILA, Philippines - Anti-narcotics agents seized 4 kilograms of cocaine from a policeman during a buy-bust operation in Pasig City, late Tuesday night.
Nabbed was Senior Police Officer 1 Alexander Estabillo, assigned to the intelligence division of the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (PNP-ASG).
The PNP's Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) said its agents arrested Estabillo during a buy-bust operation at the Tiendesitas shopping compound in Barangay Ugong past 11 p.m..
Also seized from the policeman were his 9mm service firearm, 'marked' money, and a Mitsubushi Strada.
The cocaine seized from Estabillo was in a form of a brick, sealed with a brown Manila paper and plastic with a "BMW" sticker. The cocaine brick has a street value of P20 million, the PNP-AIDSOTF said.
The PNP-AIDSOTF said that before the arrest, they placed Estabillo under surveillance for a week.
Deputy Director General Edgardo Acuña, AIDSOTF commander, said the cocaine brick seized from the policeman could have been part of the at least 2 tons of cocaine dumped by a Chinese vessel off Samar province in December 2009.
Acuña said the PNP-AIDSOTF has been in close coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the recovery effort of the cocaine shipment.
On Tuesday, a villager of Gamay town in Northern Samar surrendered 7.5 kilograms of cocaine bricks to the police. The cocaine bricks are believe to part of the same drug shipment. -- Report from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News