BACOLOD CITY – Drug enforcement teams of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) have recovered PHP2.4 million worth of suspected shabu in a series of operations in the past week.

A report on Tuesday showed that 351.1 grams of the prohibited substance valued at PHP6,800 per gram were seized from Sept. 12 to 18.

“Our operating units are relentless in their campaign against drugs and other forms of criminality,” Col. Thomas Joseph Martir, police city director, said in a statement.

The five anti-drug operations led to the arrest of also five newly identified individuals, now facing charges in court for violation of Republic Act 9125 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In August, anti-drug operatives seized PHP7.1 million worth of shabu and arrested 46 drug personalities, data showed.

Recent anti-drug operations in Bacolod and Negros Occidental showed that illegal drugs were already being transported for the upcoming Masskara Festival.

Brig. Gen. Leo Francisco, director of the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas, had earlier directed police units in this city and the province to intensify operations against the possible entry of illegal drugs for the return of the city’s biggest festival next month.

“The amount of drugs is still there. When you assess that, there is still supply on the ground. That is what we’re focusing on as part of the directives of Philippine National Police Chief (Gen. Rodolfo Azurin),” Francisco said.

Lt. Judesses Catalogo, public information officer of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said on Tuesday they continue to closely watch the ports in the northern area of the province, together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine Coast Guard, as part of the continuing operations to prevent the entry of illegal drugs. (PNA)