A TOTAL of 297 wanted felons in Cagayan Valley were hauled to jail by the local police during the conduct of a 4-day regionwide simultaneous anti-criminality law enforcement operations or SACLEO, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Crizaldo O. Nieves announced yesterday.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the official said 182 of the suspects were wanted for various criminal offenses, 115 of them among the region’s top most wanted persons while the 215 were jailed for violation of special laws.
Nieves said also arrested as a result of 50 anti-narcotics operations across the region were four ‘high-value individuals’ and 45 known ‘street-level’ drug dealers. Three armed drug trafficking suspects were also killed in firefights with undercover officers during the period, he added.
The PRO2 director said the SACLEO also netter 38 persons who yielded two automatic rifles, 30 handguns and dozens of assorted live ammunition. “This is part of our continuing effort to account for loose firearms which may be used in the commission of crimes in Cagayan Valley,” he said.
Nieves also reported the conduct of 21 anti-illegal gambling operations in the region which led in the arrest of 88 individuals and the seizure of P11,643 in cash bets.
He said appropriate charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and Presidential Decree 1602 or illegal gambling have been filed against the arrested suspects.
“We will continue to intensify our campaign against wanted persons, criminality and all forms of illegal activities to ensure the maintenance of peace and order in the entire region and to make Region 2 a much safer place to live, work and do business,” Nieves said.