The newly-created Philippine Coast Guard District –Southern Visayas, that covers Negros and Siquijor, is getting 18 narcotics-sniffing dogs this year, to further boost its campaign to prevent the transport of prohibited drugs and illegal related activities.
Lt. Cmdr. Jimmy Oliver Vingno, Coast Guard Bacolod District Station chief, said yesterday that the sniffing dogs are among the 300 K-9 dogs being programmed for purchase this year.
Coast Guard Bacolod now has six bomb and narcotics sniffing dogs deployed in major ports in Negros Occidental, including those at the BREDCO and Banago, San Carlos and Escalante ports.
The San Carlos port has been identified as the entry point of illegal drugs from Cebu to Negros Occidental.
The seizure of 913.5 grams of suspected shabu from a Silay couple at the Dumangas Port in Iloilo, was a joint accomplishment of the Coast Guard, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Iloilo and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Offices.
The additional K-9 dogs earmarked for Negros Occidental, Vingno said, will be also deployed in other major ports of the province.
Jose Alberto Pinaga and his live-in partner, Maebelle Belmonte, of Brgy.Mambulac, Silay City, were in transit from Batangas to Caticlan via a roll-on roll-off vessel, on their way to Negros Occidental, when they were arrested during a buy-bust operation at the Dumangas Port in Iloilo.
The Coast Guard District Southern Visayas is closely coordinating with PDEA and PNP in the government anti-drug campaign. * GPB
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