Traf­fic en­forcer busted for al­leged drug use

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Barely a week af­ter po­lice ar­rested City Hall worker Wis­con­sin Brazil in a drug bust, an­other city em­ployee was nabbed for al­leged use of il­le­gal drugs at Zone 6, Car­men, Ca­gayan de Oro City, over the week­end.

Au­thor­i­ties ar­rested drug sus­pects Risly Maisog, 34, and 22 year-old Jo­mar Ceniza in a po­lice anti-il­le­gal drug op­er­a­tion on Satur­day af­ter­noon, Oc­to­ber 7.

Maisog is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Roads and Traf­fic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (RTA) as a traf­fic law en­forcer while Ceniza is a con­struc­tion worker.

Po­lice seized sa­chets with residue of sus­pected metham­phetamine hy­drochlo­ride, lo­cally known as shabu, and as­sorted drug para­pher­na­lia.

Se­nior In­spec­tor Mario Man­tala, deputy chief of po­lice sta­tion 4, said the for­mer anti-il­le­gal drug unit of the Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo) has al­ready made an in­for­ma­tion re­port on the traf­fic law en­forcer’s in­volve­ment in il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­i­ties two years ago.

But, Man­tala clar­i­fied that Maisog has only been mon­i­tored as drug user while sus­pect Ceniza was

mon­i­tored to have been ped­dling il­le­gal drugs.

“Drug user rani si Maisog. Du­gay nani siya gagamit og droga kay nabuhatan nani sauna og in­for­ma­tion re­port 2-3 years ago. Ang isa is pusher and user,” Man­tala said.

Man­tala said Maisog was con­sid­ered high-value tar­get since he is work­ing in the gov­ern­ment as traf­fic law en­forcer.

Man­tala added the ar­rest of the sus­pects was a re­sult of the co­op­er­a­tion of the neigh­bor­hood who tipped in­for­ma­tion that the sus­pects are hav­ing pot ses­sion in a shanty, prompt­ing au­thor­i­ties to raid the sup­posed drug den in the area.

“Nas­apon namo sila nga ga-pot ses­sion kay naay nagtawag nga con­cern cit­i­zen sa ilang drug ac­tiv­i­ties sa usa ka shanty nga gi­himo ni­lang drug den nga P20 ang bayad,” Man­tala said.

The sus­pects who were de­tained at the Ma­har­lika De­ten­tion Fa­cilitty will face drug charges for us­ing and pos­ses­sion of pro­hib­ited drugs and drug para­pher­na­lia.

How­ever, Man­tala said the sus­pects can post bail.

Lawyer Edgardo Uy, Task Force Hap­say Dalan chief, should the traf­fic aide be proven guilty of il­le­gal drug use, he may be booted out from the RTA.

“He is an RTA traf­fic aide. Kung tin­uod niya gibuhat ang ra­son nga gi­dakop siya, he does not de­serve to be a traf­fic aide. But of course, due process will be ob­served,” Uy said.

Uy said the RTA does not tol­er­ate shenani­gans com­mit­ted by em­ploy­ees and the ar­rest of Maisog has helped them cleanse their ranks.

Uy added it also served as stern warn­ing to all “that the long arm of the law will soon catch up on them.”

The RTA is reg­u­larly con­duct­ing an unan­nounced ran­dom drug test­ing among its em­ploy­ees and sev­eral work­ers were pre­vi­ously tested pos­i­tive and have been ter­mi­nated al­ready from ser­vice.

“Those tested pos­i­tive sa ran­dom drug test were no longer with the RTA now. We in­tend to con­tinue with the sur­prise ran­dom drug test,” Uy said.

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