Bacoor Police caught a drug-user who claims to be a Catholic priest during a buy-bust on Thursday in Tagumpay Compound, Tabing Dagat of Barangay Alima in Bacoor.
Police said “Bishop” Richard Alcantara was captured after he traded P200 worth of shabu to a poseur buyer with his associate Fernando Dacuma, alias Nanding.
Dacuma reportedly fled during the uproar and a reinforcement team was able to arrest only Alcantara and another companion, known as Perlito Alibay.
Supt. Vicente Cabatingan, Bacoor City Police chief, said anti-narcotics teams seized 0.5 grams of shabu worth P3,400, six aluminum foil strips, an improvised glass tooter, two improvised burners and drug paraphernalia from the suspects.
Alcantara alleged that he was once a member of the Roman Catholic Church of England and Wales and member of the Sacred Order of Saint Michael Congregation. The investigation reveals that Alcantara admitted to the use of shabu but insisted he was using it as “a research” to know about the influences of drugs first-hand.
The “bishop” continued that he had been taking it for two years.
Police said Alcantara was on the drug watchlist and had been under surveillance for the past three months.
News source: Manila Times