By: Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – Due to the intensified campaign of policemen against illegal drugs here, the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) confiscated an estimated P22,375,998.60 worth of shabu and marijuana from January to June this year.
Broken down, 1,491.559 grams of shabu worth P22,373,385 were seized while 11.3635 grams of marijuana worth P2,613.60 were confiscated in the first half of 2019.
BCPO records showed that 318 operations were conducted which resulted in the apprehension of 492 persons.
Police Major Lester Leada, BCPO operations branch head, said 309 drug pushers, 173 drug users, and 10 minors were arrested. A total of 791 cases were filed.
Leada said their accomplishment against illegal drugs can be attributed to the intensive police operations conducted by all 10 police stations and other units here.
Leada said station commanders were earlier told to conduct operations against drug personalities even if it’s not under their areas of jurisdiction, in order to hunt down street level targets and financiers.
The directive of Police Colonel Henry Biñas, BCPO director really helped them in their anti-illegal drug campaign, he added.
Meanwhile, the BCPO seized P539,600 worth of suspected shabu in separate buy-bust operations here from July 1 to 3.
The biggest drug haul was conducted at Barangay 3 last Tuesday, which led to the arrest of Antonio Minase, 43, of Barangay 19.
Police recovered from him 22 sachets of suspected shabu worth P384,000, and the P500 marked money. He is detained at Police Station 2.