THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) topped six other police offices in Western Visayas in the campaign against illegal drugs and illegal gambling from December 5, 2017 to January 28, 2018.
Records showed the region conducted a total of 139 operations which resulted to the apprehension of 234 persons in the anti-illegal drug drive during the period.
Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, officer-in-charge of BCPO, in a press conference at BCPO headquarters on Thursday, said 59 operations were conducted by the city police, with arrests of 109 persons.
Of the 109, 15 were street-level target (SLT) drug pushers and two users under the drugs watchlist of each police station while not listed, but were accounted were 91 SLT drug pushers and one high-value target (HVT) suspect.
Ebreo said the BCPO conducted 47 operations and arrested 74 persons, with a recovery of 75.438 grams of “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and 40.71 grams of marijuana amounting to P755,804.85 since the police resumed their anti-illegal drug operations last December 23. A total of 129 cases were filed.
From February 1 to 6, BCPO initiated seven operations with 16 persons arrested. A total of 26.138 grams of shabu worth P261,380 were seized, including the confiscation of six sachets of shabu worth P300,000 from two HVT drug personalities – Elias Cabugatan, an alleged right-hand of a drug group leader, and Edwin Vivero, former traffic enforcer, and a member of another drug group in the city.
Since the nationwide relaunching of Oplan Tokhang on January 29, a total of 63 houses were visited while 100 personalities were revisited in the city that resulted to 74 drug surrenderers.
Of the 74 who yielded, 41 were newly-identified, 32 were SLT, and one was HVT.
Meanwhile, Nocppo had 32 operations and 61 arrested drug suspects; Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO), 23 operations and 31 arrested persons; Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), 11 operations, with 13 arrested persons; Guimaras Police Provincial Office (GPPO), one operation, one apprehension; Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO), six operations, seven arrested persons; Antique Police Provincial Office (APPO), five operations, nine arrested persons; and Aklan Police Provincial Office, two operations, three arrested persons.
For illegal gambling, units under Police Regional Office-Western Visayas conducted 34 operations with 111 persons arrested.
The BCPO conducted 17 operations against illegal gambling that resulted to the arrests of 50 persons, 42 of which for cara y cruz, and eight for illegal numbers game.
From February 1 to 7, BCPO arrested nine persons from four operations while four cases were filed.
Seven operations were conducted by Nocppo, with 35 arrested persons; IPPO, 40 operations, 19 arrested; ICPO, two operations, four arrested; and one operation and arrested person each from provincial police offices of Guimaras, Aklan, and Antique while Capiz has no accomplishment on illegal gambling.