Police reported that they were able to seize P1.7 million worth of suspected shabu from various operations from January to March 21, or a total weight of 144.01 grams.
Acting Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Angeles Geñorga reported to the members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) during the March meeting the police were able to file 53 cases against 42 persons arrested in various anti-drug operations in the province.
The police were re-instated in the fight against drugs only in the latter part of January. This is the reason why there were only four operations conducted with four persons arrested and six cases filed.
However, the police stepped on the pedal in February with 27 persons arrested in with 34 cases filed.
February took the lion’s share of the confiscated illegal drugs with 117.92 grams confiscated with estimated value of P 1,391,456.
In March, as of the date of the report, the police seized 15.09 grams with an estimated value of P178,062.
The value for March is expected to rise given the recent arrests made by local police forces from different towns and here in Tagbilaran especially during the Holy Week.
The Bohol Provincial Police Office resumed the anti-drug operations under the modified OplanTokhang, after President Duterte took the police off the anti-drug operations.
Geñorga told the members of the PPOC back in January, the anti-drug operations involving the police resumed with several caveats.
He saidOplanTokhang will only be carried out from Monday to Friday and during daytime from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The provincial police chief said authorities to visit drug suspects in their homes and convince them to end involvement in narcotics trade, will not be forced upon the subjects.
The police for over two months was barred from carrying out drug buy-bust operations and raids.
The jurisdiction for anti-drug operations fell into the hands of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
HOLY WEEK ARRESTS
Various holy week arrests were made by the police against drug personalities in separate operations.
Two suspects were arrested on Wednesday by elements of the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) and the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) yielding allegedly P300,000 worth of suspected shabu with an estimated weight of 20 grams.
Suspects were identified as Jasmin Joy Suico, 41, unemployed, and a resident of barangay Poblacion III, Tagbilaran and her alleged conspirator a certain JovenalRemolador, 41, an overseas Filipino worker, of barangay Sambog, Corella.
The duo was arrested following a drug buy-bust operation that happened near a hotel in barangay Dampas.
At least three large heat-sealed plastic sachets allegedly containing a crystalline substance believed to be shabu were confiscated from Suico.
After a routine body search, the police found at least one plastic sachet containing a crystalline substance believed to be shabu from Remolador.
In Panglao, police arrested a 35-year-old man after a buy-bust operation on March 30.
Police identified the suspect as one SandroPerocho, of baragayLibaong, Panglao. At least three plastic sachets of various sizes were confiscated from the suspect containing what is believed to be shabu.
Also in Panglao, on March 28, another sting operation led to the arrest of a 29-year-old person.
Police identified the suspect as Kelly Cubandocos, a painter, of barangay Lourdes, Panglao. Seized from his were at least two small packs of plastic cellophane allegedly containing shabu.
Tagbilaran Police arrested a person after a sting operation also last week.
The suspect was identified as Tito Dequito Jr., 35, with at least five plastic sachets of various sizes containing crystalline substance believed to be shabu.
The value of the suspected drugs confiscated has been pegged at P15,000 with a total weight estimated at one gram. (DSA)