THE Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) was organized to replace the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group that will continue the anti-drugs campaign in Negros Oriental.
Police Senior Inspector Don Richmon Conag, PDEU team leader, said Thursday, March 2, that PDEU was organized effective February 28 following President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements Monday authorizing the Philippine National Police to form anti-drug units to jointly conduct anti-drug operations with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration.
First to be arrested on Wednesday evening was a level 3 suspected drug personality identified as Richard Recaborda, a resident of Tampi, San Jose in Negros Oriental.
Reports received by the PDEU showed Recarborda is allegedly openly selling methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as "shabu," at Zone 2 in Barangay Looc, Dumaguete City, prompting the operatives to immediately plan for the drug bust.
Recovered from his possession were suspected shabu and the marked money during the drug bust and two more “bultos” or large packets of alleged shabu inside his pockets.
Looc Village Chief Angelita Ragay has confirmed that after the suspension of the anti-drug operations, open trading of drugs was observed in her barangay, mostly peddled by suspects who are not residents in Looc, like Recarborda.
The same is also happening in Sitio Canday-ong, Barangay Calindagan in Dumaguete City, which is considered the most problematic area in the proliferation of illegal drugs. (PNA)