Crackdown on drugs goes on in Dagupan

July 31, 2016 at 11:21 pm Leave a comment

DAGUPAN CITY – Sixteen down, 17 more to go.
The city police have killed or arrested 16 priority targets on the war against illegal drugs since the fourth quarter of 2015, and  are going after the 17 others who could still be selling shabu in the streets.
But for July, the police killed four of them during buy bust operations or implementation of search warrants, while six others were killed by still unidentified gunmen.
Supt. Cristopher Abrahano, the city chief of police, described “priority targets” as the persons whose “territory” in the drug trade goes beyond the city borders and into the adjoining towns.
One is also a priority target even if their market is limited to just a village, but known to 90 percent of the village residents as a supplier of shabu, he said.
The city police have conducted 17 operations since the crackdown on illegal drugs was started this July, the highest number of operations among the cities in the Ilocos Region, he said.
A total of 429 drug personalities surrendered to the police and signed the affidavit of undertaking that they would leave the drug trade already.  Eighty percent of the surrenderees,  youngest of whom is 17 years old while the oldest is 60, are just users.
But where is the supply of shabu?
 While thousands of alleged drug personalities have surrendered to the police, there have been no “big haul” of the illegal substance methamphetamine hydrochloride commonly known as shabu.
“They surrender themselves, but they do not surrender whatever illegal drugs is in their possession,” Abrahano  said.
But he said the street price of shabu has gone up from P5,000-P6,000 to P12,000-P13,000 per five grams or “bulto.”
“This is because of lack of supply or those engaged in selling shabu are afraid to bring out their supply,” he said.
“We don’t actually have no ‘big fish’ in the city,” he claimed. (YOLANDA SOTELO)

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