Revived antidrug unit to focus on high-value targets

BY RESEL JOY TIANERO

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ILOILO City – The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) has created a three-team Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU). It will focus on high-value targets (HVTs).

No less than the IPPO director, Senior Superintendent Harold Tuzon, will lead the PDEU.

A sole PDEU team — Team 3 — will focus on the 5th District, the IPPO director said in a television interview.

Team 1 shall cover the 1st and 2nd districts, while Team 2 is in charge of the 3rd and 4th districts, he said.

The IPPO will also create a Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) in every municipality.

Aside from zeroing in on small-time drug personalities, the SDET will also validate intelligence information, Tuzon said.

Police are reengaging in the antidrug campaign more than a month after Oplan Double Barrel was suspended over police corruption.

Renewed antidrug police teams were formed.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency remains the lead law enforcement body when it comes to drug use and trafficking, and all antidrug operations of the police must be properly coordinated with them.

Only members of police DEUs may conduct the operations, and they should be accompanied by unit commanders or police chiefs, and work with barangay officials and church leaders./PN