LAOAG CITY – The Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) has already seized a total of P1,893,386.05 worth of drugs over the past six months since January this year, according to its biannual report.
Ilocos Norte Provincial Director Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. said 315 grams of shabu and five grams of marijuana were confiscated mostly from top drug personalities, through buy-bust operations, raids and search warrants.
Nartatez said their relentless joint operations throughout the province are in response to Governor Imee Marcos administration’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs.
The provincial director said the local police force will continue their efforts to significantly decrease drug-related activities in Ilocos Norte, noting that most crimes are associated with the use of illegal drugs.
“Drugs is the denominator of almost all of the crimes that have been committed. Will you commit theft if you’re not under the influence of drugs?” he said.
Nartatez also added that the peace and order situation in Ilocos Norte has improved, underlining the increase of arrests of drug personalities.
He also shared that the occurrence of crimes, including physical injuries, theft, robbery, rape and carnappings, decreased to an average of five recorded cases from 15 in a week.
Nartatez explained that it is because they have increased their crime solution efficiency.
“Pagka may nangyari, sinisigurado ko na maimbestigahang mabuti, ma-identify at mapilahan ng kaso,” he said.
He added that in order to maintain safety and security in the province, INPPO increased the presence of police officers in various areas and continuously ensures the arrest of suspected personalities.
Meanwhile, Marcos has earlier expressed full support to President Rodrigo Duterte administration’s plans to fight criminality in the country through the provincial government’s cooperation with the joint military forces. (From a report of Jennifer T. Pambid, PGIN-CMO