American serviceman wrongly accused of smuggling out cocaine
December 28, 2010, 7:40pm
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) — American serviceman Lt. Cmdr. Scintar B. Mejia should have been promoted to the rank of full commander in the Navy if he did not leap to his death at the stairway of the Police Center for Aviation Security office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday.
Mejia on Sunday was wrongly accused of smuggling out a plastic sachet of cocaine, where he was apprehended and brought to the office of the Police Center for Aviation Security at the NAIA complex before he could board his Philippine Airlines flight to Los Angeles.
According to a report by PDEA Director III Wilkins M. Villanueva, dated December 27, which was only released Tuesday, citing the laboratory result prepared by PDEA’s chemist Maria Therese Anne L. Domingo that the substance in question turned out to have negative findings of dangerous drugs.
Earlier, reports said security personnel Jose Saul Villegas, not knowing that Mejia was a US Naval officer, sought police assistance after Mejia allegedly became hysterical and shouted invectives on him. Villegas told investigators that Mejia threw a plastic sachet that contained the suspected cocaine.
Villegas said in the report that he noticed “a white powdery substance inside the transparent plastic sachet thrown unto him earlier by the suspect which was suspected to be cocaine.”
The suspect was arrested by policemen SPO2 Roberto D. Figueras and SPO1 Mateo Aguilas for possible violation of RA 9165 and violation of Article 155 for Alarm and Scandal.
When he was in the custody of the aviation police, Mejia asked his escort cops if he could go to the comfort room but it was occupied.
He begged policemen SPO2 Figueras and SPO1 Aguilas to allow him to relieve himself outside the building which the two policemen granted.
When Mejia was already walking with the aviation police, he ran off towards the door of the building and jumped at the approximately ten-feet-high stairway hitting his head to the ground. He later died at the San Juan De Dios Hospital for head injuries.
US embassy officials through Joey McGee of the Police Protection Department were informed of the incident, while Pasay Police Office had been requested for an impartial investigation of the case.
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