Negros Occidental is not a supplier of illegal drugs, only a transshipment point, Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director said yesterday.
The drug victims are mainly consumers, Castil said.
In his briefing on the state of the drug problem in Negros Occidental with members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Castil said that of the 1,948 suspected drug peddlers 562 have been arrested, 1,189 surrendered, while 197 are now being monitored and are subject of police operations.
During the initial Tokhang campaign, the police reported that 11,025 drug personalities surrendered, although many of them had been re-arrested after the revival of the Oplan Double Barrel campaign of the PNP.
Castil maintained that the drug situation in Negros Occidental is not alarming, and they are winning the war against illegal drugs.
As a result of the Project Double Barrel, the relentless anti-drug campaign of NOCPPO, has led to the reduction of the crime volume and of eight focus crimes, including murder, homicide, physical injuries, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping and motorcycle thefts, by 27 percent, which was 16,302 last year to 11,848, this year, police records show.
After the revival of the Oplan Double Barrel campaign, the amount of confiscated shabu rose from 1.125 kilo to 3.336 kilos, Castil also said.
In the past two months, the Negros Occidental police in tandem with the Iloilo Police Provincial Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Coast Guard, seized a total of 1.7 kilos of shabu in Dumangas, Iloilo, San Carlos City as well as in Silay, all in Negros Occidental.
The cities of San Carlos and Silay, as well as Hinigaran, were the main areas in Negros Occidental, where the police focused their anti-drug operations, that also resulted in the arrest of several drug peddlers.
Castil also said that the strict enforcement and successful supply intervention of big amounts of illegal drugs resulted in the reduction of its circulation and a slight increase in its street value.
An estimated five kilos of illegal drugs with an estimated street market value of P50 million, circulated in Negros Occidental, in November to December last year, police records show.
Seventy-seven percent of 601 barangays, excluding Bacolod City, are also affected by illegal drug problems, with 57 already cleared by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, according to the police.
The NOCPPO, is further strengthening security measures in sea ports and enhancing border control by coordinating with other government agencies, through Task Force Bantay Puerto, with the PDEA, among others.*GPB
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