27 apprehended for drugs in police ops PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:15

Anti-drug operations will remain a top priority of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO), assured Police Chief Col. Angelito Casimiro Monday morning.

From March 9 to 15, 20 anti-drug operations were conducted, and the combined efforts of the police forces resulted in the arrest of 27 individuals and the confiscation of 76 sachets of shabu as well as different drug paraphernalia and marked money, reported Casimiro.

The ZCPO is currently preparing to file the appropriate cases against the arrested suspects, including two who remain at large.

According to the police chief, aside from maintaining and implementing other law enforcement duties, police stations have a standing directive to conduct at least one operation against illegal drugs each week, resulting in a sustained anti-drug operations in the City.

Just last week, the ZCPO reported a total of 350 drug cases filed in court through the City Prosecutor’s Office. Of the total number of cases, 238 cases have prospered and are now pending in court for trial.

Police personnel have also exercised due diligence in the conduct of other anti-criminality operations. For the campaign against wanted persons, 8 operations were conducted leading to the arrest of 9 individuals.

In the campaign against illegal firearms, four operations were initiated and these resulted to the arrest of four individuals and the confiscation of two cal .38 revolvers, a shotgun, and a cal .45 pistol.

Casimiro attributed the good coordination and communication of police stations as a contributing factor to the successes of ZCPO operations, as exemplified by the operation for recovery of stolen motorcycle by the Sangali police station.

“When the motorcycle was reported car napped in Sangali, the information was immediately given to other nearby stations. It was Ipil Police Station who was able to intercept the motorcycle,” said Casimiro. — Jasmine Mohammadsali