Mindanao Times

Caraga nets over P1.7-M illegal drugs for January

- (PNA)

BUTUAN CITY – Antidrug operations conducted during the first month of the year by the different units of Police Regional Office in the Caraga Region (PRO-13) resulted in the confiscati­on of more than P1.7 million worth of illegal drugs.

In a statement on Monday (Feb. 3), PRO-13 said 49 drug suspects were arrested during the 44 operations last month and 131.97 grams of shabu, 15 grams of cocaine, and 26.40 grams of marijuana with a market value of some P1.71 million were seized.

PRO-13 police director, Brig. Gen. Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr. lauded the different police units and stations in Caraga Region for the accomplish­ment.

Esquivel said among the drug personalit­ies killed during the operations last month included Diego Lafuente, a Spanish national temporaril­y residing in General Luna town in Siargao Island, and Elpedio Sevilla Francisco of La Paz, Agusan del Sur.

Lafuente and Francisco were considered the Top 1 and 2, respective­ly, in the police “recalibrat­ed illegal drugs personalit­ies,” Esquivel said.

One of the major antidrug operations conducted last month took place on Jan. 31 in the Agusan del Sur town of San Francisco, resulting in the confiscati­on of P235,000 worth of illegal drugs.

Arrested during the operation was a certain Rey Ann N. Doydoy alias “Ivan”, 29, a resident of Poblacion, Moncayo, Davao

del Oro, police said.

Esquivel assured the residents in Caraga that the Philippine National Police (PNP) will sustain its anti-illegal drug operations, even as he lauded the support of communitie­s in the PNP’s anti-illegal drug campaigns.

“I commend all Caraga cops for remaining true to their sworn duty, that is to save and protect lives and properties,” he said.

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