Friday, September 20, 2019

Some self-confessed drug pushers in Oro back to trade

POLICE chief at Agora station (PS3) in Cagayan de Oro City has monitored that several self-confessed drug pushers have gone back to illegal drugs trade.

Chief Inspector Ariel Philip Pontillas of PS3 said on Friday that five drug pushers in their area of responsibility are now targeted for police operations as he assures charges will be filed once they are arrested.

Pontillas confirmed that there are drug personalities who are not sincere in their pledge to change.

"Naa gayuy gahi ug ulo, but mas dako ang number sa mga nag-stop nga wala na gayud mibalik," Pontillas said.

He, however, maintains that "Oplan Tokhang" remains effective as it has made their job much easier in monitoring especially those listed drug personalities who has gone back to their illegal drug activities.

24,471 drug personalities yielded

Superintendent Surki Alday Sereñas, Police Regional Office-Northern Mindanao spokesperson, said about 24,471 persons involved in illegal drug activities yielded to different police stations across the region from July 1-13, this year.

In just a matter of one day, the count has increased from about 21,000 to 24,000.

Misamis Occidental has gone a notch higher with 5,783 who confessed as drug users or pushers while Misamis Oriental recorded about 5,661 followd by Bukidnon’s 4,860. Iligan city tailed Bukidnon with its 4,097 against Lanao del Norte’s 3,931. Camiguin province recorded the lowest with its 180 who yielded.

Police also noted 75 persons arrested due to illegal drugs trade with the following breakdown: 43 from Cagayan de Oro City Police Office, five in Misamis Occidental, 11 in Misamis Oriental, 11 in Bukidnon Provincial Police Office, three from Iligan City Police Office and two in Lanao del Norte police office.

Serenas said 30 drug bust operations and three implementation of search warrants were conducted by police in different areas.
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