Cop nabbed for selling 4 kilos of cocaine

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2010 08:53 AM | Updated as of Jun 17 2010 06:54 PM

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