Drug pushers move operations to rural areas

May 25, 2010 8:22 pm 

ILOILO CITY, May 25 – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) here said that most illegal drug traders have transferred operations to rural areas to avoid detection by police authorities.

PDEA director Paul Ledesma said they have monitored drug groups and even big time players who temporarily transferred their operations in rural towns, especially at the height of election season.

The trend started late last year, since most traders of illegal drugs were wary of the heighten security alert and check points conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNA).

This discouraged drug selling in the city and surrounding towns, said Ledesma.

Meantime, the PDEA director said that those illegal drug syndicates have temporarily transferred their base of operations in the rural areas of Antique, Aklan and Capiz. PDEA is currently coordinating with local police in these provinces and prepare surveillance and sting operations.

Ledesma said that PDEA would field more than half of its personnel to the rural areas now that the election was over.

Still, Ledesma said that even though big illegal drugs trade was reduced in the city, small-scale operation, including drugs dens were still active in some barangays. (PNA) RMA/LPCarnaje

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