Campaign against illegal drugs hailed

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BACOLOD. The Bacolod City Police Department is commended for its recent accomplishments in the campaign against illegal drugs. (File photo)

BACOLOD City Councilman Al Victor Espino, Chairman of the City Council Committee on Policing Matters, praised the anti-drug campaign of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).

In their latest shopping spree lasting just two days, local police recovered nearly 7.6 million pesos in alleged shabu.

“Once there are apprehensions, that means our law enforcement is working,” Espino said.

He said the police had recovered a large volume of illegal drugs and it was a good thing to neutralize all the drug dealers operating in various parts of the city.

“Congratulations to our law enforcement units who are responsible for these arrests,” the councilor said, adding that “we hope their operations continue to address the illegal drug issues in the city of Bacolod.”

On June 5 and 6, 2022, two high-value individuals from Bacolod City were arrested in separate counter-narcotics operations at Barangays Singcang Airport and Banago.

Police identified the suspects as Raffy Cardeñas, 37, from Purok Neptune in Barangay Singcang-Airport and Napoleon Begasa III, 30, from Purok Kawayan in Barangay Banago.

Cardeñas was arrested shortly before midnight on Monday by officers from Purok Neptune Police Station 8 at Barangay Singcang Airport with 21 sachets of alleged shabu weighing 105 grams and valued at 714,000 pesos.

Begasa, on the other hand, fell into the hands of the city’s drug enforcement unit during a takeover from his rented apartment on Sunday.

He handed over 16 bags containing alleged shabu and five other plastic bags also containing an illegal substance weighing 1,010 grams and worth 6,868,000 pesos, among other things.

Espino said the city government will continue to support BCPO to address the illegal issue.

“I will ensure that this is the priority of the incoming administration, to tackle illegal drug-related activities in various barangays,” he said, adding that “we should send a strong message that those who will engage in illegal activities here be arrested.”

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