Sun.Star Cebu

Danao cops accused of stealing, planting evidence


The camp of a village official, who was caught in a drug bust, accused the anti-narcotics personnel of Danao City Police Station of planting evidence and stealing P180,000 cash from him.

Supt. Jaime Quiocho Jr., city police chief, said there is no truth to the allegation­s, saying that the operation against Sandayong Sur Barangay Councilor Archie Gomez Cañas was legitimate.

The accusation­s against his team were circulated on Facebook, a social networking site.

A certain Bro Arms sent a private to message to SuperBalit­a Cebu, accusing the operatives of irregulari­ties.

He further said that Cañas was not known to be involved in illegal drug trade.

Quiocho challenged the aggrieved party to press charges against them, so they can answer with sworn statements, not in social media.

Cañas, Quiocho said, had apologized to the operatives for the negative comments and asked his relatives to delete their posts.

The police official was told by his chief intelligen­ce officer, PO3 Phil Restauro, that the village official’s name had surfaced in 2010 as one of the drug personalit­ies operating in the city.

Cañas was not caught after he reportedly went lay low in his operations.

Last March 19, operatives seized 22.2 grams of white crystals believed to be shabu worth P265,500 from the suspect, who is now facing a case for violating the Comprehens­ive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. /

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