PDEA-9 No. 3 in PHL in arrest of pushers, filing of drug cases PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 14:16

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-9 (PDEA-9) ranks No. 3 among 17 PDEA regional units in terms of plans and operation services leading to the arrest of notorious drug pushers and the confiscation of volumea of prohibited drugs.

In its third quarter evaluation report, PDEA central office ranked PDEA-9 under the leadership of its Director Adzhar Albani as No. 3  in the entire country in terms of arrest and filing of cases against persons involved in the proliferation of dangerous drugs. Region 11 (Davao) is No. 1 followed by Region 2 (Cagayan Valley).

The same evaluation report has put Albani’s office as number 2 over-all in carrying out drug operations with proper linkages or cooperation with other law enforcement agencies like the PNP.

The arrest of notorious drug pushers that resulted in the dismantling of “shabu tiangge”in Barangay Recodo, this city early this year, boosted the morale of PDEA-9 agents and its partner the Zamboanga City Police Office led by City Police Director Edwin de Ocampo.

Albani said of all the cities and provinces within his area of responsibility, cases have successfully been charged against suspects due to the functional and working justice system.

“Maganda ang justice system dito (Zamboanga) comparing to other cities within my AOR. Justice system is really working here unlike sa iba na napakamahina. The court here has already sentenced several personalities but none in some areas, ” Albani said.

Aside from Zamboanga Peninisula, PDEA-9 also tackles the drug problem in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

By next year, all PDEA offices in the country will face another big challengedsince the operational thrust of the present PDEA administration is to target the top 10 notorious drug personalities in their respective regions and strict order to dismantle suspected drug laboratories and carry out operation with significant seizure of minimum of 50 grams of shabu.

Less than 50 grams will not be counted as points in the quarterly evaluation report, Albani said.— Jimmy Villaflores