OVER 160 lawbreakers in Bulacan were hauled to jail by the local police in a string of anti-criminality operations over the weekend, Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Lawrence B. Cajipe said on Monday.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director, Brigadier General Valeriano T. de Leon, the official said that 154 of the law offenders were arrested during the conduct of a day-long simultaneous anti-criminality operations including 36 anti-narcotics operations last Thursday.
He said that their anti-drug operations led in the arrest of 61 known shabu trafficking personalities and the killing of another armed suspect following a shootout. Recovered from the suspects’ possession were 228 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing over 36 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and four plastic packets with dried marijuana leaves.
Cajipe said the confiscated drug evidence were worth at least P246,000. An unlicensed firearm was also seized from the possession of the slain suspect.
The official said that 44 others were arrested during the conduct of 12 anti-illegal gambling operations which resulted in the recovery of assorted illegal gambling paraphernalia and P16,457 in cash bets.
He added that 49 other wanted persons in the province, eight of them among the Most Wanted Persons in the city/municipal level were also apprehended on the same day.
On Saturday, another five men were arrested for various criminal offenses in the province, one of them wanted for swindling in Barangay Malipampang in San Ildefonso municipality, two of them wanted for theft in Bgy. Masuso in Pandi; a 4th also wanted for estafa in Guagua, Pampanga and the 5th wanted for grave threat and child abuse in Bgy. Sabang in Baliwag.
Last Friday, two other notorious drug dealers in the province were arrested in a sting in San Miguel municipality. Cajipe identified the two as Joselito Cruz and John Carlo Cabral, both residents of Bgy. Catacte in Bustos town.
Recovered from the possession of the duo were five plastic sachets containing shabu and the marked money paid to them by a poseur.
All arrested drug offenders are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said Cajipe.