2 police rookies face dismissal for drug use

UNTV News   •   January 17, 2021   •   140

Two police non-commissioned officers are facing dismissal proceedings after testing positive for illegal drug use.

In an online statement posted Sunday, PNP Chief, Police General Debold M. Sinas is said to have ordered the pre-charge investigation and summary dismissal proceedings against Patrolman Reyland Lacap Intal of Olongapo City Mobile Force Company and Patrolman Benhur S. Ismael of the 2nd Sulu Provincial Mobile Force Company.

“If left undetected, these two police rookies will continue with their drug use and perhaps influence others. They will have to go because there is no place for addicts in the PNP,” the Chief PNP said.

The two officers have been disarmed and placed under restrictive custody by their respective units while investigation is underway.

Intal was confirmed positive for THC metabolites (Marijuana) during a random drug test conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory to 397 personnel of Olongapo City Police Office (OCPO) on January 15, 2021.

Sinas ordered the test immediately after the arrest of four other OCPO officers in a raid that led to the discovery of a kitchen-type clandestine drug laboratory in Subic.

The remaining 25 more (OCPO) personnel who are either on schooling or on detail will be subjected to the same test upon their return to unit.

Over in Sulu, a crime laboratory chemistry report showed Pat Ismael positive for methamphetamine after screening and confirmatory tests completed on January 14, 2021.

Both police rookies are now facing administrative cases filed before the regional investigative bodies.

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