Police arrest drug pusher in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY -- Operatives of the Regional Special Operation Group of Police Regional Office 5 (RSOG-PRO5) and the Legazpi City Police Office on Saturday arrested a suspected drug user during a search in his residence in Purok (sub-village) 3, Barangay Pigcale, this city.

Arrested was Ariel Napolis Recoco by virtue of a court-issued search warrant.

Police also recovered four plastic sachets with white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu (methamphetamine chloride) weighing more or less 12 grams and other drug paraphernalia.

Chief Supt. Victor P. Deona, PRO5 director, had earlier ordered his police chiefs at the provincial and municipal or city level to intensify prevention or solution of crimes after he expressed alarm over the 40,331 cases of crime reported in 2013 in Bicol.

The number was four times or 400 percent that of the 10,091 cases reported in 2012.

The report also showed that out of the total crime volume, 17,658 were index crimes or those committed either against persons or properties while 22,673 cases were non-index crimes (violation of local ordinances or special laws).

Index crimes recorded included physical injuries, the highest with 5,203; followed by theft, 3,929 cases; robbery, 1,099; murder, 349; rape, 387; homicide, 184; carnapping, 200l and cattle rustling, 102 cases.

The PNP regional crime situation report indicated that of the total crimes recorded, only 5,814 cases were solved while 12,846 were cleared.

Authorities have noticed that many of the crimes, especially rape, were committed while the suspects were under the influence of drugs.

Provinces with high incidence of rape cases were Albay with 113 cases; Camarines Sur, 85; Sorsogon, 49; Catanduanes, 44; Camarines Norte, 37; Masbate, 30, and Naga City, 29.

“Many of these crime cases would be prevented if we will pounce hard on the drug pushers and users and, if possible, manufacturers, Deona said. Connie B. Destura (PNA) CTB/FGS/CBD


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