The police seized 6.9 kilos of shabu, with a street market value of P83,359,440 in Negros Occidental in operations with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement agencies, in the past eight months of this year.
Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said yesterday that in the same period they were also able to neutralize the drug peddling activities of 450 suspects, who are now in jail.
Castil revealed that the shabu comes from Muntinlupa and Mindanao and passes through Negros Occidental, that is being used as transshipment point of illegal drugs.
Castil said those coming from Muntinlupa are being coursed through Cebu, and the shoreline of Calatrava, citing the recent seizure of about six kilos of shabu, worth P72 million in San Carlos City.
Ma. Lina Sanogal, PPOC action officer, yesterday suggested that representatives of PDEA, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Ports Authority, to include the PNP Maritime Group, as recommended by Castil appear before the next PPOC meeting, to shed light on the entry of illegal drugs in Negros Occidental.
Castil said the seized P83 million worth of illegal drugs were not only for consumption of Negrense drug users, but for those in Panay as well.
As for the internal cleansing campaign at NOCPPO, Castil said he was happy to note that not a single policeman assigned in the province has tested positive for the use of illegal drugs, in the series of drug tests conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory.
In the campaign against loose firearms, Castil reported that they were also able to collect 788 firearms, of which 526 were deposited in various police stations, pending processing of expired licenses by their owners, 191 were seized in police operations, while 65 others had been surrendered.
A total of 191 violators were also arrested, he added.
Also apprehended for illegal gambling were 652 persons, while P149, 512.25 in gambling bets were seized from violators, police records show.*GPB
back to top