BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
More than P55 million worth of illegal drugs was seized by the police in Western Visayas while 841 suspected drug personalities were arrested in the first four months of 2021.
Lt. Col. Joem Malong, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6, said the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office topped the anti-drug campaign among provincial and city police offices in Western Visayas, in terms of arresting drug suspects and the amount of illegal drugs recovered for the period.
Malong added that the NOCPPO, under the leadership of Col. Romy Palgue, conducted 280 anti-drug operations from January to April this year, that resulted in the arrest of 357 suspected drug personalities and the seizure of P21,170, 383 worth of illegal drugs, including shabu and dried marijuana leaves.
The Bacolod City Police Office initiated 219 anti-drug operations, that yielded P15,036,288 worth of illegal drugs, and the apprehension of 284 drug suspects, Malong said.
All over Western Visayas, Malong said more than P55 million worth of illegal drugs had been seized from 841 drug suspects accounted for in 662 police operations conducted.
She noted an increase of illegal drugs confiscated this year at P10,347,291.53, compared to P44,726,113.03 in the same period last year. The number of drug operations also increased, from 550 last year to 662 this year.
Considering that the whole country is now under the “new normal”, Malong said that PRO6 also noted some changes in the mode or strategies of illegal drug traders and pushers in marketing their products, such as the use of gadgets and the social media.
But she said that PRO 6 remains steadfast in eradicating illegal drugs in the region, by formulating interventions to cope with the current trend in the illegal drug trade. “We will continue to strengthen our efforts against illegal drug trade in the region until such time that all of the identified drug personalities have been put behind bars,” Malong added.*