A TOTAL of 592 lawbreakers were arrested by agents of the Police Regional Office 7 during its Holy Week anti-criminality operations in Central Visayas.
Seized were some P44.4 million worth of shabu.
PRO7 director Brig. Gen. Anthony A. Aberin said that on Easter Sunday, they launched 134 anti-drug operations, which resulted in the arrest of 151 drug targets and the confiscation of 6,541.53 grams of shabu worth P 44,482,390.
The regionwide conduct of Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations have hauled to jail 282 persons involved in illegal gambling.
The arrested persons were found involved in illegal hantak, mah-jong, swertres and other card games.
Aberin said their Holy Week anti-crime drive likewise resulted in the confiscation of 152 illegal firearms and one explosive and the arrest of 23 persons.
Fourteen Most Wanted Persons in the region were arrested.
On Black Saturday, four “high-value targets” in the region were caught.
The PRO7 director said that one of those arrested was Pamila Legaspo alias “Lit-Lit,” 43., of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur.
Seized from the suspect was some P21.08 million worth of shabu.
Another suspect identified as Patrick Igoy yielded 1.1 kilograms of shabu worth P7.480 million during a buy-bust operation on Santa Lucia Road in Bgy. Bulacao, Talisay City in Cebu last Saturday.
Aberin said that the third suspect identified as Romina Perez alias “Min-Mion,” a “high-value individual” from Sitio Sudion in Bgy. Maguikay in Mandaue City, was arrested last Saturday.
Confiscated from the suspect were 1.5 kilograms of shabu valued at P10.2 million and the buy-bust money topped by a marked P1,000 bill.
The fourth suspect identified as John Vic Apas alias “Mamb” was arrested during a buy-bust operation on Don Mariano Cui St., Bgy. Capitol Site in Cebu City.
The suspect yielded 55 grams of shabu worth P374,000 and the boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill.
All arrested suspects were charged for sale and possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.