Fake PDEA agent arrested in Dapitan City

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Police arrested a man who pretended to be an anti-narcotics agent and recruited informant in exchange for money in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, a regional police spokesperson, said the 38-year old Jonathan Laranjo was caught in an entrapment set by the police in Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte province on September 9 following a tip-off from informants in the area.

Laranjo passed himself off as a member of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency based in Zamboanga del Norte. He was also carrying a fake PDEA identification card when nabbed by policemen.

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It was unknown how many people Laranjo had recruited to work as a civilian agent or informant and how much he collected from them, but Galvez said police were investigating the man who is facing criminal charges for usurpation of authority.

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