CEBU CITY, Philippines – In just three months, at least 200 million pesos worth of illegal drugs have been seized during various drug crime operations in the Central Visayas.
According to a press release, Police Brigadier General Roque Eduardo Vega, Regional Director of the Central Visayas Police Regional Office (PRO-7), said that from January to March 2022 they were able to transport 29,593.20 grams of ‘shabu’ with an estimated market value of 201 million pula.
The 201 million pesos seized in illicit drugs came from 1,445 anti-drug operations carried out over the past three months.
These operations resulted in the arrest of 1,892 suspects. At least 2.5 kilos of marijuana were also seized for a value of 303 pesos, 372 with two deaths recorded.
Regarding their operations against wanted persons, a total of 1,949 operations were carried out. These resulted in the arrest of 337 most wanted persons and 1,731 other wanted persons.
Of the most wanted people arrested, 21 were classified as regional, 24 provincial, 101 municipal, 162 municipal and 29 were most wanted at the position level.
In their campaign against illegal gambling, the most prevalent were “swertres”, followed by illegal cockfighting and illegal card games.
Vega said that of the 1,653 operations, 4,077 were stopped and the gambling money seized amounted to 419,426.50 pesos.
Regarding unfixed firearms, 559 were apprehended during its 293 operations. Vega said 612 firearms were seized or returned. At least five explosives were also seized.
Vega is appealing to the public to help it achieve more successful operations in the future.
”PRO7 is on the lookout 24/7 due to the upcoming elections. We call on the public to help us keep Central Visayas peaceful and orderly, especially as the campaign season intensifies,” Vega said.
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