2 LTO enforcers nabbed for ‘extortion’ in Tuguegarao City
TUGUEGARAO CITY –– Two traffic law enforcers of the Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Cagayan Valley Region were arrested for alleged extortion in this city on Monday, police said.
Police Brig. Gen. Crizaldo Nieves, Cagayan Valley regional police director, identified the suspects as Chito Apattad, 45, of Camasi, Peñablanca, Cagayan, and Darwin Isidro Pauig, 41, of Alibagu, Enrile, Cagayan.
The suspects were arrested during an entrapment operation after they reportedly demanded P30,000 from two drivers they flagged down in exchange for the nullification of traffic citation tickets.
Seized from the arrested LTO enforcers were a .45-caliber Armscor with a magazine and seven live bullets, two magazines with 16 live bullets, the entrapment money, a Temporary Operator’s Permit, and other documents.
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