LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has arrested 153 personalities early this month mostly for illegal drugs and gambling.
PPPO public information officer, Capt. Ria Tacderan said the implementation of One Time Big Time’ Operation (OTBO) resulted in the arrest of 28 persons for illegal drugs, 59 for illegal gambling, 24 for loose firearms, and 42 wanted persons from June 3-9.
She said the OTBO conducted last week was part of the Philippine National Police’s stepped-up anti-narcotics effort, which resulted in the arrest of 28 suspects for the violation of Republic Act 9165, also known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
“With the intensified campaign against illegal drugs, PPPO was able to seize some 51 sachets or 15.55 grams of shabu and 14 sachets or 22.25 grams of marijuana with a total market value of PHP203,867.70 from its various operations last week,” she said.
Tacderan noted that through the 103 simultaneous implementation of police operation led by PPPO acting director, Col. Redrico Maranan, they were able to serve search warrants in different municipalities in the province.
“Twenty four suspects were arrested for violation of Republic Act 10591, also known as The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, implemented during checkpoint and search warrants wherein 22 firearms, 274 ammunitions, six magazines, and eight explosives/grenade were confiscated,” she said.
Tacderan added that 59 suspects were also arrested for violation of Republic Act 9287, also known as ‘Anti-Illegal Gambling Law’, while 42 wanted persons have been nabbed as well.
She cited statistics indicating a 19-percent decrease in focused crime incidents, particularly murder/shooting, robbery and theft in the province, compared to previous weeks.
“This aggressive enforcement is an indication that PPPO has intensified its campaign to prevent not only illegal drugs but rather prevent the occurrence of other crimes that is damaging our society,” Tacderan said.
“The increasing number of arrested person only shows that Pangasinan Police is working 24/7 to eradicate unlawful acts of criminals through the participation and cooperation of the public,” she added. (PNA)
By Hilda Austria