By Mike Crismundo
CAMP COL. RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – Caraga region cops arrested a total of 123 individuals amid intensified police operations against illegal drugs and wanted persons 10 days since the assumption of PNP Caraga Regional Director Chief Supt. Gilberto DC Cruz.
Chief Supt. Cruz directed the unit commanders spread in the five provinces and six cities in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region to double their efforts in the conduct of law enforcement functions and public safety services.
Data obtained by The Manila Bulletin on Monday from the PRO 13 Regional Operations and Plans Division (PRO 13-ROPD) showed that 60 drug personalities fell to the drug enforcement units during the conduct of 64 police operations from September 11-21, 2018.
A total of 47.76grams of shabu and 94.95grams of marijuana were also confiscated from the suspects’ possession, it said.
On the other hand, 63 wanted persons were also nabbed by the police region-wide. The operations were based on the strength of warrant of arrest issued by the local courts, the PRO 13-ROPD record also showed.
Aside from those figures against illegal drugs and wanted persons, his first 10 days was also marked with these accomplishments: the foiled NPA atrocities in Barangay San Mateo, Butuan City on September 18, 2018; and the police raid in the residence of a target personality in Kitcharao town, Agusan del Norte on September 20 which yielded to the arrest of the suspect and confiscation of high-powered firearms and grenades, the PRO 13-ROPD said.
The aggressive drive against loose firearms had also made significant strides resulting in the arrest of 10 suspects and confiscation of 21 loose firearms, it said.
“We will impose the full force of the law to arrest wanted persons and other individuals involved in illegal activities,” the region’s police chief pointed out.
“I call on all the members of the community, local government units, other government agencies and all stakeholders to help the police force in making Caraga safer and more peaceful,” Chief Supt. Cruz added.