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ICPO conducts 264 positive anti-illegal drugs operations

ILOILO CITY (PIA6) – The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) has already conducted a total of 264 positive anti-illegal drugs operations from Jan. 27 to Sept. 26, 2023.

This was revealed by ICPO director Police Colonel Joeresty P. Coronica during the joint-meeting of the Iloilo City Peace and Order Council (ICPOC) and the Iloilo City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ICADAC) on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, stressing that the police force was able to “effectively reduced the supply of drugs on the streets.”

The data presented by Coronica indicated that ICPO arrested 374 “pushers” and 36 “users” during their entire anti-narcotics operations so far, which led them to confiscate 5,383.9006 grams or over 5.3 kilograms of “shabu” or Methamphetamine.

He added that the standard drug price of the illegal substance is at P6,800 per gram, noting that their overall operations so far have resulted into confiscation of P36,610,524.08 worth of illegal drugs or around P107,678,000 if sold at P5,000 per sachet.

A report from a representative of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), however, revealed that 86 barangays in the metro are not yet cleared of illegal drug activities, pointing out that Iloilo City remains the drop point of illegal drugs coming from Negros Occidental, Bacolod, Region IV-A and NCR due to lack of vehicle x-ray machines in ports.

Coronica, on the other hand, said that the ICPO continues to conduct operations to ensure the peace and order in the city, noting that Iloilo City remains “generally peaceful” based on their assessment.

He added that the enhanced and strict implementation of the integrated patrol deployment plans in different identified priority areas have "effectively addressed the occurrence of crime incidents."

Aside from the anti-narcotics operations, the ICPO was also able to arrest a total of 103 wanted persons in Iloilo City from April to June 2023, which is 25.61 percent higher compared to 82 arrested suspects in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas also affirmed support to the operation of the ICPO in addressing all illegal activities in the metro by providing them logistical assistance, noting that peace and order as one of the vital components of community development. 

The council, which is chaired by Treñas, also proposed to pass a resolution commending the ICPO for its performance, and was unanimously approved by the body. (AAL/JNH/PIA-6 Iloilo)

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