DRUGS SEIZED. An operative of Bacolod City Police Office Station 6 Drug Enforcement Team conducts an inventory of the shabu recovered during a buy-bust at Purok Cadena de Amor, Barangay 29 on Sept. 28, 2022. Suspect Marciano Marchan yielded 15 grams of the prohibited substance worth PHP102,000. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office)

BACOLOD CITY – Anti-drug operatives of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) have seized PHP8.532 million worth of illegal drugs in September, police data released on Wednesday showed.

The confiscated items included around 1,249 grams of shabu worth P8.497 million and 227.5 grams of marijuana amounting to PHP34,128.

Col. Thomas Joseph Martir, director of BCPO, said amid the ongoing MassKara Festival, they have heightened police operations, including the pursuit of drug peddlers, to ensure a peaceful celebration.

“Our campaign against illegal drugs continue. We don’t stop. The drug station enforcement teams are relentless in their operations,” he said in an interview.

From Sept. 1 to 30, drug enforcement teams conducted 45 operations that led to the arrest of 48 drug personalities, including 36 drug pushers, 11 drug users, and one minor.

Among them are six high-value individuals, 38 street-level individuals, and four newly-identified drug personalities.

The operations resulted in the filing of 59 cases in court against the suspects for violation of various sections of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Last month’s biggest haul was PHP4.59 million worth of shabu seized from two suspects during a buy-bust in Barangay Bata on Sept. 24.

In August, the BCPO recovered a total of 1,045.8 grams of shabu worth PHP7.11 million. (PNA)