78.74% of 1,364 barangays in Pangasinan affected by illegal drugs

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — At least 1,074 of the 1,364 barangays in Pangasinan or 78.74 percent are considered drug-affected, acting Police Provincial Director, Ronald Lee said.

Lee reported to the Provincial Anti-Drug Advisory Council (PADAC) headed by Governor Amado Espino III Provincial Anti-Drug Advisory Council (PADAC) that there are 4,794 drug personalities all over the province, classified into pushers, 274; users, 2,626; pushers/users, 1,788; and runners, 106.

Since July 1 this year, the police in Pangasinan have arrested 10 top drug personalities, 30 drug personalities in the watch list, and 151 newly-emerged drug personalities (suspected hardcore pushers and distributors) in 172 anti-illegal drug operations it conducted.

The operations also resulted in the confiscation of 203.5263 grams of shabu and 27.7112 grams of marijuana.

The police reported that over the same period, it recorded 14 armed encounters with 16 drug personalities and 21 shooting incidents that resulted in the deaths of 22 identified drug personalities.

At the same time, six bodies of suspected drug pushers were found believed to have been executed by unknown groups, Lee said.

Meanwhile, Regional Director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Jeoffrey Tacio, identified 32 drug groups operating in Region 1, adding that at least 16 of these are in Pangaainan.

Tacio said shabu entering Region 1 is mostly coming from the National Capital Region and Cavite while marijuana is coming from the tri-boundaries of Benguet, Ilocos Sur and La Union, Ilocos Sur and La Union. Shabu remains as the most widely-used illegal drug in the region, he said.

Tacio reported that Barangay Bonuan Binloc in Dagupan City is included among the illegal drug hotspots in the region.

He said that as of July 28 this year, a total of 13,764 self-confessed drug users and pushers all over the Ilocos Region already voluntarily surrendered, almost half of them from Pangasinan. PNA/northboundasia.com