TAGBILARAN CITY – Is province of Bohol the preferred market for “shabu” The illegal drugs trade in the province must be lucrative if the reported PhP6 million worth of ‘shabu’ seized in the port of Cebu City, where the passenger-courier is heading for Bohol, is any gauge. The Freeman reported that a certain Lean Criston Artiaga, 26, was trying to smuggle of some 500-gram or more believed to be ‘shabu’ worth PhP5.9 million based on Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act estimate. The confiscated contraband involved “One pack was medium-sized pack while other was bigger pack later found to contain 500 grams of suspected drugs.” Artiaga was arrested for the alleged smuggling of ‘shabu’ to Bohol. The report said ‘shabu’ in possession of Artiaga was placed inside a paper bag, it said.
Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) earlier reported that a total of PhP10,015,840 million worth of illegal drugs trade in the province were accounted for following operations since August 15, 2013, the time when provincial director Col Dennis Agustin assumed office, to August 2014. The Regional Peace and Order Council also reported that Bohol topped in drugs haul in terms of value. Within the period of one year, police conducted a total of 42 operations against illegal drugs. As a result, a total of 8,488 grams of believed to be “shabu” and 139.75 grams of marijuana were hauled in different operations conducted. During the month of August 2014, the police conducted a total of 50 anti-drug operations with the arrest of five (5) suspects. A total of 89 cases have been filed in court, police said.
Del Prado said that a total of 45 are killed from January to August this year. This translates to 5.6 persons died every month of equivalent to one is killed every six (6) during the period due to various crime incidents. Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., who visited here recently bared that illegal drugs trade in the country soars to 2000% as if there’s no solution to the growing business quoting the study/report of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
He likened the drug problem in the country to USA despite their being advanced country “nothing has changed.” “It’s not spending for enforcers, neither death penalty can solve the illegal drugs,” the senator told the crowd in a meeting with local officials in this city. Drugs problem may be prevented through strengthening family values and parents rearing of their children, he said. The senator also confirmed that there are law enforcers like the police who are involved, if not protectors, in illegal drugs trade.