Shabu suspects’ kin fall victim to extortion

A woman who posed as a prosecutor managed to swindle thousands of pesos from the families of several suspects arrested in recent anti-illegal drug operations.

As of presstime, the Catanduanes police has yet to release the results of separate investigations still in progress in San Andres, Baras and Virac on the extortion scheme.

An unimpeachable source informed the Tribune of the scheme which was apparently carried out simultaneously last week.

According to a police source who sought anonymity, the suspect expressed familiarity with the drug cases as well as with court proceedings, promising to either secure a favorable decision or get a plea bargaining agreement approved for their accused’s early release.

Unconfirmed reports claim that the woman called the hotlines of the police stations and, identifying herself as a lawyer and asked to speak to the detained drug suspect.

Sources said the victims in Virac and Baras had the incidents recorded in the police station’s blotter while the San Andres suspect’s relative chose not to do so.

The police refused to give details of the three incidents as the investigation is still ongoing.

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