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Drug charges for former cop

CAMP GEN. PACIANO RIZAL, Laguna – Authorities have filed drug charges against a former police officer and his two cohorts at the Los Banos Municipal Trial Court (MTC), two days after they were apprehended by intelligence operatives on a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bambang.

Senior Supt. Gilberto Cruz, Laguna Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, identified the suspects as former policeman Inspector Bonifer Gotas, 38, a member of Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Class ’99, of 1347 Purok 5, Barangay Bambang Los Banos; Nolan Marcelo, 47, doorman; and Nora Velasquez, both residents of Los Banos.

The suspects were nabbed after they sold one plastic sachet of suspected “shabu” worth P25,000 to a poseur buyer in Barangay Bambang around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Cruz said in an interview that Gotas’ alleged supplier of shabu was identified as a certain “Michael Ang”. (Ferdinand F. Castro)