A total of 42 individuals including one of the province’s most wanted persons were arrested for various crimes in the first Synchronized Enhanced Managing Police Operations (PSEMPO) under newly installed Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) director Sr. Supt. Julius Gornez.
The province-wide anti-crime drive was carried out from January 25 to January 27 mostly through drug buy-bust operations and court-ordered raids which yielded a total of P1.7 million worth of shabu and 27 firearms based on data from the BPPO.
A total of 12 persons were arrested in various towns and Tagbilaran City for drug charges—eight of whom were apprehended through sting operations while three fell through search warrants—during the same period.
One drug-linked individual was arrested through “other means,” the BPPO added.
Meanwhile, 16 persons were apprehended for violating the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
Police allegedly seized from the suspects various firearms including three .45 caliber pistols, six .38 caliber revolvers, one 9mm, two .357 revolver, two .22 caliber revolvers, 10 .22 caliber air rifles and two improvised shotguns.
In the same data, the BPPO indicated that they arrested 11 wanted persons including one who was deemed among Most Wanted Persons in the province.
Police also apprehended three individuals for illegal gambling during the same period. (rt)