(Eagle News)–Even before the 2013 raid in Mexico, Pampanga, there were already reports of several policemen recycling illegal drugs.
This was confirmed by former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Benjamin Magalong, who said he received reports then-Chief Insp. Bienvenido Reydado and his men, who were assigned in Angeles, were also involved in the illegal activities.
He said he received the information from two of Reydado’s men, who said they could no longer take what the official was doing.
According to Magalong, the reports became the basis for a CIDG probe, which eventually found Reydado’s men would conduct drug raids that were not reported to the higher command.
In one of Reydado’s drug raids, Magalong confirmed three Chinese nationals were arrested, but they were released.
He confirmed, based on the CIDG probe, that Reydado’s men also took with them a Hyundai Starex they had seized during a raid.
According to now-Brigadier General Albert Ferro, who was also an investigator in the probe, criminal charges were filed in court against Reydado’s men in 2014.
In 2018, though, Ferro said the charges were dismissed.