Mindanao Times

Policewoma­n nabbed for drugs

- BY RHODA GRACE B. SARON

A POLICEWOMA­N was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted in her house in Loise Streer, Victors Valley, Barangay Tigatto, Buhangin District around 10 a.m. yesterday.

Major Milgrace Driz, the head of the Criminal Investigat­ion and Detection Group-Davao City Field Unit (CIDG-DCFU), identified the suspect as Police Senior Master Sergeant Shiela Laturgo Bande, 43, married, who is assigned at the national headquarte­rs of the Philippine Bomb Data Center (PBDC) in Manila.

Operatives seized three sachets of shabu, weighting two grams worth around P20,000, from Bande

Driz said Bande’s name cropped up in a drug operation where they collared five persons, including a minor, in North San Juan, Barangay Centro, Agdao District on Thursday.

“We conducted the follow-up operation after we received informatio­n following Thursday’s operation,” Driz said. Those arrested in the Agdao operation pointed Bande as “one of the sources who was delivering drugs in Barangay Lapu-Lapu in Agdao.”

A team – composed of the CIDG- Davao City Field Unit led by Driz, the Sasa Police Station led by Maj Reuben Libera, the Mindanao Area Police Intelligen­ce Office (MAPIO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcemen­t Agency (PDEA) 11 – was then formed to conduct the buy-bust operation.

The arrested police officer is now detained at the Sasa Police Station as authoritie­s is preparing drug charges.

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