DAVAO CITY May 19 (PIA)- A one-time, big-time anti-drug operation was conducted by the combined law-enforcement units in Davao City early Friday morning (May 19) arrested drug suspects and seized illegal drugs and firearms.
The anti-criminality and terrorist operation was conducted in about 10 barangays in Davao City. It implemented 18 search warrants, 34 warrants of arrests which led to 65 persons arrested. There were five fatalities from the side of the suspects.
About 11 buy bust operations conducted to capture the suspected drug pushers.
About 131.4 grams of Shabu were seized along with 11 motorcycles, six low-powered firearms and two explosives consisting of one dynamite and one hand-grenade.
According to Davao City Police Office head Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum the targets were bigger drug personalities particularly the identified five major high value targets in the campaign against drugs.
The operations were conducted by units of the Davao City Police Office, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-XI, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-XI, Task Force Davao, Highway Patrol Group, Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Police, Central 911 and the Regional Public Safety Battalion.
“A job well done.” Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said as she thanked the agencies for the successful operations.
“And this would not be the last time operations such as this would be conducted.” Mayor Duterte-Carpio said.
Tagum said with the arrest of the five remaining high-value targets, the drug trade had been affected in the city.
In the past one-time, big-time operations they seized more than 300 grams of shabu. Now with bigger personalities arrested we were able to confiscate 131.4 grams or less than half of the drugs seized in the previous operations. Also prices per gram of shabu in the market is now P15,000 as the illicit trade has been hit down by law enforcement operations.
“If new drug personalities will appear definitely we will get them.” Tagum said.
Meawhile during the operations, a purok president in the district of Sasa was killed while assisting arrest. (PIA/RG Alama)