Police file 350 drug cases as war on drugs heats up PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2015 12:12

The Zamboanga City Police Office filed last year a total of 350 drug cases in court through the City Prosecutor’s Office. Of the number, 238 cases have prospered the initial evaluation of evidence against the suspects and are now pending in court for trial.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro told the weekly news conference in City Hall Monday that only five of the 350 drug cases filed last year were dismissed outright by the court and seven other cases dropped by the prosecutor, all the rest of the cases are pending for court hearings.

This, as the local police together with the Public Safety Company and the city’s anti-drug Special Operation Task Group have sustained a tight grip on their relentless war against illegal drugs in every nook and cranny of the city.

For the first week of March alone, Casimiro reported that combined police forces had carried out 23 drug operations that resulted in the arrest of 33 suspected pushers, recovery of 64 sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia and marked money used in buy busts.

He said the ?CPO had set up a tabulation board for the public to know the latest tally and updates of the drug cases filed in court, and operations conducted.

Casimiro however assured the public that the local police, while stepping up their war on drugs, have not relegated their other law enforcement duties, primary of which is maintaining the heightened security of the city in coordination with the First Marine Battalion Team (MBLT-1) and Philippine Army troops under the new security concept dubbed “PuMA” for Police, Marines and Army joint security task group.

In addition, he said the police continue with the enforcement of city ordinances like the anti-jay walking drive, which netted 30 violators last week; the anti-smoking campaign with seven violators; two persons arrested for urinating in public places.

At least four people selling used cellphones, gadgets and other accessories on the sidewalk below the Universidad de Zamboanga (U?) building downtown were apprehended for violating City Ordinance 240, otherwise known as the anti-sidewalk vending edict.

Likewise, Casimiro said the local police have remained hot in their continuing pursuit against wanted persons, loose firearms, stolen vehicles, traffic law violators, illegal quarrying of sand and gravel, and many more operations.

Thus, the city police director has repeatedly appealed for public assistance and cooperation. — Vic Larato