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Negros cops conduct anti-illegal drugs operations

Negros Occidental (12 October) -- In six months of relentless anti-drug operations in Negros Occidental, the Special Operations Task Force-AIDSOTG has neutralized a total of 57 suspects involved in the illegal drug trade in 22 drug sting operations conducted in seven towns and five cities including Bacolod.

According to Police Chief Inspector Rico Santotome Jr, spokesman of the Negros Occidental PNP who also heads the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group of the Negros Occidenal Provincial Police Office, said that from April to October of this year alone, the SOTF-AIDSOTG filed a total of 26 drug cases in various courts against those arrested for the sale of illegal drugs.

Likewise, four drug dens or shabu flea markets in Victorias City as well as in the city of Bacolod were busted by combined elements of the SOTF-AIDSOTG, Intelligence Branch of NOPPO, Victorias City PNP and the Vice Control Section of the Bacolod City Police Office.

The 22 anti-drug operations also led to the seizure of 28 sachets of shabu, 335 sticks of marijuana cigarette, four packs and two bricks of dried marijuana leaves and fruiting tops estimated at 200 grams, cash amounting to P50, 000 as proceeds of their illegal drug peddling activities, three motorcycles used in their transactions and numerous illegal drugs paraphernalia.

The "supply reduction" strategy of NOPPO has drastically dropped the available supply of shabu and marijuana in the province particularly in the towns of San Enrique, Hinigaran, EB Magalona and Hinoba-an as well as the cities of San Carlos, Silay, Kabankalan and Victorias added Santotome.

Negros Occidental PNP provincial director Police Senior Superintendent Manuel Felix credited NOPPO's accomplishments on illegal drugs in the province through the coordination of various crime watchdogs as well as information received from concerned citizens in addressing the problem on the drug menace. (NOPPO/PIA/EAD) [top]

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