By: French Kate Hammermuller
Ozamiz City- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) of Regional Office -10 led by Director Emerson L. Margate, together with the local police presently headed by PSupt. Michael Bawayan, and the Local Government Unit headed by Mayor Reynaldo “Aldong” O. Parojinog, Sr., has dismantled a total of Five drug dens and sued in court Eighty One individuals for violation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as The Comprehensive Drugs Act for the period from July 2013 up to March 13, 2014.
Those drug dens were located within the heavily populated area of barangay Tinago and barangay San Roque. These places are earlier identified by the PDEA as seriously drug infested barangays.
The first drug den was demolished mid of January this year in barangay Tinago in a by-bust operations conducted by the PDEA and the City Police. Eleven people were caught on a pot session. The Eleven people-arrested were brought to the provincial Crime Laboratory for Drug Testing and later found all positive users of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride locally known as Shabu.
On March 5, another drug dens in Purok-2, barangay San Roque were also demolished with two suspected drug pushers were jailed. One drug den was demolished in purok-5 San Roque and 5-suspected users and pushers arrested on March 11, and on March 12, 2014 another 2 drug dens were dismantled at purok-3 , barangay San Roque .
Four suspects were arrested yesterday including a couple-renter of the place.
All of the drug dens were residence of the arrested suspects.
The latest series of successful operations against illegal drugs in Ozamiz City were made possible after the 2-day seminar of all the 51-punong barangay of the City together with the PNP conducted by the PDEA on the proper handling and appreciation of evidence in a illegal drugs operation.
Mayor Parojinog hasfocused on a more intensified campaign against illegal drugs in Ozamiz after the May 2013 mid-term election. His earlier efforts in running after the drug traffickers were failed due to some political dynamics.
Last March 3 -4 PDEA-10 has conducted a seminar to all barangay captains in Ozamiz City. The said seminar was made possible thru the request of Mayor Parojinog to PDEA Assistant Secretary Rene Orbe.
Mayor Parojinog requested the PDEA to conduct seminar on proper handling of evidence in buy-bust operations and raid on shabu after the court here dismissed a celebrated case of drug trafficking of one Rosalie Revil and Charlie Cali-at.
Revil who has been at large for drug trafficking was arrested in a big buy-bust operation at purok-5 barangay San Roque on December 13, 2013 together with her livein partner Charlie Cali-at but the fiscal’s office dismissed the case against Caliat and Revil due to some technicalities, despite of the fact that half kilo of shabu was recovered by the authorities at their place.