PDEA vows to arrest more illegal drug traders-A A +A
Thursday, August 9, 2012
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) vowed to arrest more illegal drug traders as part of their anti-drug campaign.
PDEA-Northern Mindanao Director Roberto Opeña made this statement following the accidental arrest of controversial car dealer Lynard Allan Bigcas on Saturday dawn.
Bigcas, according to Opeña, divulged to them the names of his sources of illegal drugs.
“Nag-cooperate naman siya at sinabi niya sa amin ang mga pangalan ng source niya sa illegal drugs,” Opeña told Sun.Star.
He declined, however, to give further details so as not to foil their future operations.
It was learned that in Cagayan de Oro City alone, at least 3,000 watch-listed drug personalities were being monitored by PDEA.
“This means that we really have to pay attention to it before the drug problem worsens,” Opeña said.
Earlier, Opeña said they will be focusing more on narco-politics in the region, especially since the 2013 midterm elections is fast approaching.
He hinted on the possibility that politicians may be in cahoots with drug dealers, or may even be directly involved, based on the reports they have received.
He said, however, that they still have to conduct “deeper monitoring and evaluation” on the information they received.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 10, 2012.