The Philippine National Police acting provincial director of Negros Oriental, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, reported yesterday a perceived scarcity of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, in Dumaguete City.
This comes as the PNP in the province enters its second week of massive and intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign that has led to the voluntary surrender of more than 2,000 supposed drug pushers and users in from July 1 to 6, Fama said.
He said two “drug users” he spoke to yesterday morning told him that there was a decline in the availability of shabu in the local market.
The self-confessed users claim the last time they bought shabu was on Tuesday, but on Wednesday and Thursday, they could no longer find any, Fama said.
He said he believes the scarcity of shabu is a direct offshoot of the twin PNP campaigns, Oplan TokHang and Project Double Barrel, to address the growing illegal drugs problem.
Fama said the availability of shabu, especially with the street level users is slowly declining, although intelligence operatives have to validate this yet.
It could be that the supply chain has been cut off, whether locally or coming from outside of Dumaguete, or that suppliers or pushers are withholding the shabu, fearing arrest in the midst of the relentless drive against the illegal drugs trade, he added.
The message here is that shabu is slowly disappearing and this is a good accomplishment for the police, Fama pointed out.*JFP
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