POLICE Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Crizaldo O. Nieves yesterday congratulated the Cagayan Valley Police Office for emerging as the top Cagayan Valley police unit in conducting the simultaneous anti-crime drive he ordered last Saturday.
The Cagayan police force headed by Colonel Ariel N. Quilang ranked No. 1 in the PRO2’s
Synchronized Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations or (SACLEO), previously known as the Philippine National Police ‘One-Time, Big-Time’ anti-crime sweep in a day or two among all provincial units in Cagayan Valley as well as the Santiago City Police Office, earning them commendations too from Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.
Quilang reported to Brig. Gen. Nieves that their SACLEO on illegal drugs led in the arrest of 17 individuals including one known ‘High-Value Individual’ and the confiscation of 36 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu and a plastic packet with drive marijuana leaves.
All arrested suspects are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2002.
The official said also arrested during the conduct of the SACLEO were 20 persons who yielded 10 unlicensed firearms, one rifle grenade and dozens of live ammunition. The suspects were arrested in a series of raids made on the strength of search warrants for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.
Quilang said they also recovered a KG9 Intratek 9mm sub-machinegun with a loaded magazine left by a group of fleeing New People’s Army guerrillas in Gattaran, Cagayan last Saturday. The official said that troops are still pursuing the rebels.
He added that 11 others were arrested for involvement in illegal gambling; four for violation of the forestry law; and 21 others who are wanted for various criminal offenses including five provincial and 16 municipal most wanted persons.
Quilang said they also seized nearly 4,000 board feet of illegally-cut timber products and an improvised chainsaw from the four suspects arrested for illegal logging.
He likewise announced the surrender of six Militia ng Bayan or New People’s Army members during separate counter-insurgency operations in the municipalities of Sto. Niño, Sta Ana, Sta Teresita, Lasam and Lal-lo.
The Cagayan PPO’s SACLEO led in the arrest of 79 targets and confiscation of a cache of drugs and illegal weapons.
Quilang said the suspects were arrested in Tuguegarao City and the municipalities of Piat, Peñablanca, Gonzaga, Solana, Sta. Ana, Baggao, Ballesteros, Alcala, Buguey, Lasam, Claveria, Tuao, Lal-lo, Amulung, Sta. Ana, Calamaniugan, Pamplona, Allacapan, Gattaran, Sta. Praxedes and Sanchez Mira.
“This is part of our continuing effort to account for drugs, loose weapons and most wanted persons in the province in line with the all-out anti-criminality campaign ordered by Brig. Gen. Nieves,” the Cagayan police director said.