PRO8 arrests 169
drug offenders, seized 21M worth of illegal drugs
By RPCRD, Police Regional
December 12, 2012
CAMP RUPERTO K. KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – The intensified crackdown by the Philippine
National Police against the proliferation of illegal drugs in Eastern Visayas has netted a good number of drug suspects and a seizure of a
significant amount of illegal drugs as the Police Regional Office 8
(PRO8) vowed to make the area free from the drug menace.
“The campaign against illegal drugs remains to be one of our top
priority as we want to make Eastern Visayas illegal drugs-free,”
Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria, Eastern Visayas
regional director said.
Soria informed that from January 1 to November 30 this year,
intensified anti-illegal drugs operations conducted by the
Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (AIDSOTG) of PRO8
resulted in the confiscation of P21,024,242.90 worth of illegal drugs
in 152 anti-drug operations across the region.
“The confiscated illegal drugs includes 4 bricks of cocaine; 74.646
grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu”; 286 uprooted
marijuana plants, 13 marijuana sticks, 1,599.638 grams of dried
marijuana leaves, 10 marijuana teabags and 1.13 grams marijuana
seeds,” the police official disclosed.
Soria added that a total of 169 violators of RA 9165 or the
Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were rounded-up by the
police in drug buy-bust operations, raids and searches, and marijuana
eradication operations, resulting in the filing of 150 drug charges in
different courts regionwide.
This developed as AIDSOTG operatives arrested another suspected drug
pusher Monday morning in a buy-bust operation in Villaba town in Leyte.
Soria identified the suspect as one Rudy Pregoner, carpenter, married,
who was nabbed by narcotics operatives infront of Akis Bakeshop in
Brgy. Poblacio Sur of said town.
The police were able to buy from the suspect 2 small heat sealed
plastics sachets with white crystalline substance suspected to be
“shabu” and confiscated 3 more small heat-sealed transparent plastics
sachets with suspected “shabu” and the buy-bust money amounting to
P800.00. Drug charges are being prepared against the suspect who is
currently detained at the Villaba PNP lock-up cell.
“While the illegal drugs situation in the region is not alarming, it
needs close monitoring due to geographical and economic factors,” the
Regional Director averred.
He explained that geographically, Eastern Visayas has wide coastal
areas with several ports and terminals that could serve as the
entrance and exit points of illegal drugs.
On the other hand, EV’s reputation as one of the fastest growing
regions attracts both legitimate and illegitimate businesses.
Soria informed that he had already discussed the matter to his
counterparts in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG),
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)
during the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council (RLECC)
conference for the activation of anti-drug councils and
intensification of security measures in seaports and terminals in the
region aside from soliciting support from the members of the
“An intelligence driven information will make any anti-illegal drugs
operation successful,” Soria said.