Ex-soldier nabbed for alleged drug peddling

By Felipe V. Celino 

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – A former Philippine Army member was arrested by police in a drug buy-bust operation Sunday evening at Brgy. Poblacion in Tapaz, Capiz.

The Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) of Tapaz Municipal Police Station and Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) collared Rey Delfin, 33, of Brgy. San Julian of said town.

Recovered from the suspect were five sachets of suspected shabu, a cellphone, and P2,100 marked money.

Delfin denied that he was into the illegal drug trade and branded the operation as a setup. He did admit to using illegal drugs.

Major Leomindo Tayopon, Tapaz PNP chief, said the operation was legitimate.

Delfin went absent without official leave (AWOL) from the Army in 2016.

The suspect is presently detained at the Tapaz PNP. Charges for violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were filed against him Monday before the Provincial Prosecutors Office.