THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said that it needs more jails because the number of persons arrested during the intensified campaign against illegal drugs in the first semester of the year has breached the 11,000 mark.
Based on data of the Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management (DIDM), 11,405 drug suspects were arrested in separate police operations from January to end of March this year.
They were arrested through intensified police operations nationwide, mainly through the ‘Lambat-Sibat’ and the ‘One Time Big Time’ operations, and the ‘Whole-of-Government Approach’ with the aid of other law enforcement agencies.
Of the 11,405 persons arrested, 4,074 are drug pushers, 3,371 are drug users, and 146 are minors.
Because of the increasing number of apprehended individuals, the number of inmates in PNP detention facilities is projected to increase correspondingly leading to jail congestion. Thus, the need for additional jails.
Records indicate that the largest number of persons arrested are from Police Regional Office 4A (PRO 4A) with 2,695 individuals and P83,984,092 estimated value of illegal drugs confiscated.
The biggest drug haul was made by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO). Overall, the PNP’s 18 police regional offices seized drugs worth P663,598,544.
The PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG), which serves as the main police unit that runs after international and national level target drug personalities operating in the country, confiscated P690,988,500 worth of drugs and arrested 11 wanted persons.
In total, P1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs were confiscated nationwide.