55 persons arrested in 4-day One-Time, Big Time operations in Pangasinan

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — A total of 55 persons were arrested, 152 sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and four sachets of marijuana, as well as 17 firearms were were seized during the initial four days of One-Time, Big Time (OTBT) from March 8 to 11 this year all over Pangasinan.

This was revealed by Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee during the first quarterly joint meeting on Monday of the Pangasinan Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Drug Abuse Council (PDAC) at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) conference room in Lingayen.

The meeting called for by Gov. Amado Espino III, chair of both PPOC and PDAC, was attended by Regional Director Jeofrey Tacio of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Lee said of the 55 persons arrested, 41 were for illegal drugs or violation of Republic Act 9165, and 14 for violation of RA 10591 or illegal possession of firearms in OTBT launched by the police, in connection with Double Barrel Reloaded (DBR) in coordination with PDEA in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth districts of Pangasinan.

The 41 arrested in OTBT operations from March 8 to 11 placed the number of persons arrested by illegal drugs since July 1, 2016 to 1,342 persons, while 574 .572 grams of shabu and 581.29 grams of marijuana valued at Php3,772,501 were seized.

Lee said there were 1,602 of the 1,269 drug-affected barangays of Pangasinan or 84 percent that were already cleared as of March 12, 2017.

Only two municipalities are drug-free. They are Sto. Tomas and Laoac which attained its drug-free status on March 2.

The Pangasinan police also said that there were 158 victims of rape from July 1, 2016 to March 5, 2017.

The members of PPOC and PDAC are from various provincial and national government government agencies as well as from non-government and religious organizations. Leonardo Micua/PNA-northboundasia.com