Drug arrests in WV spike

A total of 546 individuals involved in illegal drug activities were nabbed from January 1 to May 31 in Western Visayas.
A total of 546 individuals involved in illegal drug activities were nabbed from January 1 to May 31 in Western Visayas.

The number of arrested illegal drug suspects in Western Visayas spiked by 102.97 percent.

Based on data from the Police Regional Office (PRO-6), a total of 546 individuals involved in illegal drug activities were nabbed from January 1 to May 31. The figure was higher from 269 in the same period last year.

According to the PRO-6, 382 drug-related cases were filed in court.

There was also a 95.92 percent increase in the number of anti-illegal drug operations in the region.

In the first five months of 2016, the PRO-6 recorded 384 anti-drug operations, higher from 196 in the same period last year.

These operations resulted to the seizure of 1438.92 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, lesser from 2015’s 1542.8 grams.

Superintendent Gilbert Gorero, PRO-6 public information officer, said the decrease in the amount of shabu confiscated is a manifestation of “scarcity” in the supply of illegal drugs in the region.

On the other hand, the rise in the number of arrests was driven by the intensified campaign of the PRO-6 against illegal drugs, said Gorero.

The active implementation of the Lambat Sibat program also contributed to the increase, he added. IMT