By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY— The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) maintained that the different levels of community quarantine did not affect the anti-drug operations in Western Visayas region.
PRO-6 Director Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan reported that P7.4 million drugs were seized between March 17 and June 12.
This was the combined seizure in 189 anti-drug operations in the region comprising of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces as well as the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.
The biggest seizure was the P2-milion worth of shabu in a June 3 buy-bust operation conducted by the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU-6) and the Regional Intelligence Division (RID-6) in Sta. Barbara town, Iloilo province.
The four arrested in that June operation were among the 263 drug personalities arrested during the period of extreme lockdown and when lockdown measures were eased.
From the anti-drug operations, a total of 165 cases have been filed for the violation of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Pamuspusan reiterated that police units under PRO-6 did not stop its duties in sustaining anti-drug operations even when part of the police force were utilized for border checkpoints and other necessary work in implementing measures against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).