47 nabbed in anti-drug operations PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:57

A total of 47 individuals were arrested in various anti-illegal drug operations carried out by police operatives in the cityin the last two weeks.

According to Zamboanga City Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro, the different police stations along with the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force (CAIDSOTF) conducted 36 operations from February 1-15, resulting in the high number of arrests as well as the confiscation of 136 sachets of drugs, marked money, and other drug paraphernalia.

The operations are part of the ZCPO’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs, wherein the different police stations as well as the CAIDSOTF are charged to conduct at least one drug operation every week.

“We are expecting that there will be at least 12 drug operations every week, and one drug operation is not only for one or two persons, sometimes there are 10 or 12,” disclosed Casimiro.

The confiscation of the stash of drugs, added Casimiro, point to a shipment coming in from Luzon which police believe is the source of shabu in the City.

The anti-illegal drug operations are conducted hand-in-hand with supply and demand denial efforts of the ZCPO which involve going down to barangays and schools to conduct dialogue and advocacy with students and communities on the ill effects of illegal drugs, inasmuch as the drug menace has already cut across in areas in both the City proper and far-flung barangays.

Another concern in the anti-illegal drug operations is the lack of space in the Zamboanga City Jail to detain nabbed suspects.

“Our primordial problem now is yong detention cells natin. For the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center, it has only a capacity of 450. So we have about 1,683 [detainees] and there are more detainees in the lock up cells, yung mga cells within the different police stations, because of the activities of the stations’ anti-illegal drug special operation task force and the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force,” said Casimiro. — Jasmine Mohammadsali