The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Negros Occidental continues to step up its campaign against illegal drugs by curbing smuggling through ports.
PDEA’s K-9 Interdiction Unit conducted a random paneling and sweeping operation at the Simplicio A. Palanca Seaport Terminal at the BREDCO Port in Bacolod City Wednesday, April 7.
Shey Tanaleon, PDEA-6 information officer, said the K-9 sweeping operation is primarily focused on mail, parcels, and cargo logistics in port terminals.
Profiling of passengers is then conducted to detect drug couriers through their behavioral manifestation and to deter illegal drug activities inside the terminal, she added.
For this operation, no presence of illegal drugs or contraband was recovered.
Members of PDEA-Negros Occidental met with Bureau of Customs collector Renevic Soliman at the BOC Satellite Office at the BREDCO port to discuss how to effectively suppress the smuggling of illegal drugs and prevent its entry into the province.
They also discussed the strengthening of border control through the deployment of PDEA’s Narcotic Detection Dogs.
Meanwhile, the Bacolod City Police Office reported that P1.935 million worth of illegal drugs were seized in 48 operations in the city in March, that led to the arrest of 67 personalities, including four high-value individuals.*