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Negros Occ cops jail 250 lawbreakers

June 19, 2024 Alfred P. Dalizon 195 views

A total of 250 lawbreakers in Negros Occidental were hauled to jail by the local police in a week-long conduct of simultaneous anti-criminality operations in the province which also resulted in the seizure of over P2 million worth of illegal drugs and other crime evidence, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) director Col. Rainerio M. De Chavez said the arrests were made as a result of their Oplan: Birada Semana or week-long anti-crime campaign across the province from June 10 to 16.

He said that among those arrested as a result of 154 anti-criminality operations during the period were 37 drug suspects, some of them “high-value targets” and the rest “street-level individuals.”

Recovered from the 37 suspects were nearly 175 grams of shabu worth at least P188,000 and 110 grams of dried marijuana leaves valued at P13,200.

The arrested drug targets are now facing criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

NOCPPO operatives also arrested five local residents for illegal possession of firearms and caused the surrender of 33 firearms and three explosives as a result of their intensified effort to account for loose weapons that could be used as an instrument of violence in the province.

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

The official also announced the arrest of 14 Most Wanted Persons and 56 Other Wanted Persons as a result of their effort to account for all wanted men in Negros Occidental.

Last week also saw the NOCPPO conducting 25 anti-illegal gambling operations, which led to the arrest of 66 men and the recovery of bet money amounting to P14,219.00.

The local police also apprehended 66 persons engaged in illegal fishing activities in the province following the conduct of 25 operations, which resulted in the confiscation of more than P625,000 worth of illegally-caught fish and paraphernalia, and other equipment being used in the illegal activity.

De Chavez assured Negros Occidental residents and visitors that they are on top of the situation when it comes to keeping peace and order in the province in order to further boost its economy through more investments and tourism.