By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – A dismissed police officer, reportedly a high value target (HVT) in the drug list of Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13), was arrested, along with his companion, by a joint police force in Barangay San Juan, Surigao City.
Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix, regional director of PRO 13, identified the former policeman as Frederick P. Cosmiano, 41, formerly assigned at the Surigao City Intelligence Division of Surigao City Police Station (SCPS),
His companion was identified as Junie E. Matin-ao, 30.
Seized in the alleged possession of Cosmiano were suspected shabu worth P118,000 and marked P100 peso bills. Seized from Junie Matin-ao were suspected shabu with an estimated value of P6,372 and marked P100 peso bills and other illegal drug paraphernalia.
Chief Supt. Felix said the suspects were arrested by combined elements of 13th Regional Intelligence Division, 13th Regional Public Safety Battallion, Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office and SCPS conducted a buy-bust operation at the San Juan area of that same city at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday.
The arrested former police officer was dismissed from the police service only last September.