PNP resumes anti-drug drive sans ‘Tokhang’

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now back in their relentless campaign against drugs as a marching order was issued for the police to arrest, raid, buy-bust drug personalities who remain in the drug trade operation here.

PNP Prov’l. Director Felipe Natividad told the Chronicle last night that the anti-drug operation of the PNP has resumed in close coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

This even as Operation Tokhang and Operation Double Barrel remain suspended upon orders by higher PNP headquarters.

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However, Supt. Natividad said dedicated and selected PNP personnel will compose the PNP Drug Enforcement Unit from the national down to the provincial level to be utilized solely for anti illegal operations.

During last Friday’s meeting of the Prov’l Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Gov. Edgar Chatto also confirmed the resumption of police operations in the campaign against drugs. He said closer coordination was sealed by various law enforcement agencies including the PDEA, PNP, AFP, NBI  including Church based groups , business and civil society,

Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man was arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after he was allegedly caught in the act of selling illegal drugs in front of the Cogon Barangay Hall, this city early this week.

Suspect Jackson Landeras, a resident of Upper Calceta, Barangay Cogon in Tagbilaran City, was arrested in a buy-bust operation at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

PDEA agents reportedly set the operation in motion after Landeras was seen selling illegal drugs in front of said barangay hall.

The suspect allegedly sold shabu worth P1,000 to an undercover agent resulting in his immediate arrest.

According to the PDEA, they confiscated five more packets and a large pack of shabu from the suspect.

Upon arrest, Landeras denied the sale of illegal drugs but admitted to using the prohibited substance.

Landeras is currently detained at the lock-up jail in Camp Dagohoy pending the filing of charges against him.



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