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Cops net over 250 lawbreakers in Negros Occ

May 15, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 83 views

A WEEK-LONG drive to arrest criminals have hauled to jail over 250 lawbreakers in Negros Occidental, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

From May 6 to 12, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) headed by Col. Rainerio M. De Chavez also launched a province-wide campaign against illegal drugs, loose firearms, gambling fishing and wanted persons.

The official said that during the period, they jailed 104 men facing various criminal offenses in the province, 18 of them tagged as Most Wanted Persons.

The provincial police’s crackdown against illegal drugs during the week-long operation also resulted in the arrest of 34 drug suspects and the seizure of 121.575 grams of shabu valued at nearly P820,000.

All arrested suspects are facing criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The local police also launched nine operations against loose firearms during the period which led in the arrest of nine targets who yielded the same number of illegal guns.

The arrested suspects are facing charges for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.

A total of 37 firearms with expired licenses were also surrendered to the NOCPPO by their holders for safekeeping while they are renewing their gun papers.

De Chavez said they are continuing their program to convince licensed firearm holders in the province to turn over their guns with expired permits to the local police under their “Armas Baylo Buigas” drive.

The NOCPPO also conducted 31 anti-illegal gambling operations, which led to the apprehension of 86 suspects and the confiscation of nearly P30,000 in gambling bets and other paraphernalia.

He added that during the period, they also conducted 16 anti-illegal fishing operations, which led to the arrest of 38 men and the recovery of nearly P350,000 worth of illegally-caught fish and illegal fishing paraphernalia.

“These achievements reflect the dedication and commitment of our Police Officers to uphold peace and order in Negros Occidental,” said Col. De Chavez as he assured Negrenses of their all-out effort to combat criminality and uphold the rule of law in the province.

“I would also like to thank all Negrenses for their support and cooperation to the efforts of the NOCPPO to create a much safer environment in the province. Together, we can build a stronger and more secure community for future generations,” the official said.