TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, June 20 (PIA) - - The Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested a total of 82 individuals involved in illegal drug trafficking in the province from January to May 2016.
PCI Carl Omar Fiel, chief of operations of the Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office (DNPPO), reported during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting on Friday (June 17) that the police recovered from the drug pushers a total of 55.4486 grams of marijuana and 205.1577 grams of shabu with a total street value of more than P 2.02 million.
Chief Inspector Fiel disclosed that as a result of their operations, the police filed 72 cases in court against the individuals for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.
Fiel also informed the body that another 13 individuals were captured during the police’s One Time Big Time (OTBT) operation in different areas in the province last June 11.
He added that two suspects died during the OTBT operations as they resisted the arrest through armed battle with the arresting officers.
Fiel stated that during the OTBT, the police retrieved 42.0064 grams of shabu and 206.41 grams of marijuana with a total street value of P 385,281.95.
He emphasized that the DNPPO already drafted a 6-month strategic plan to curb out illegal drugs in the province, which includes cleansing the police force from drug users. (PIA11, Michael Uy)