The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental is intensifying its anti-illegal drugs operations in anticipation of a rise in the demand for them during the Holy Week and the summer months.
Police Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, head of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, said yesterday that OIC provincial police director, Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel Jr., has issued a directive to step up police operations during the Holy Week when the population is expected to bloat.
He said the police anticipate a bigger demand for illegal drugs, particularly shabu, usually during the summer break, when various activities, parties and similar events are lined up.
In past days, he said, illegal drugs peddling in the affected barangays in Dumaguete has “slowed down” due to “relentless” operations.
Meanwhile, another suspected drug pusher was arrested in a buy-bust operation at about 1:15 a.m. Monday in Barangay Calindagan, Dumaguete City, but his companion managed to escape.
Orapa said PAIDSOTG personnel and the Dumaguete police, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, arrested Michael Catadman when he sold a large volume of suspected shabu, worth about P25,000, to an undercover agent.
Catadman’s companion, Eddie Comadia, “alias Wawa” was able to escape but will face similar charges for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act, Orapa added.
Catadman has been in the police watch list of suspected drug personalities since 2010. He is now detained, and changes for illegal drugs violation are being readied against him and Comadia.*JFP
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