‘Double Barrel Reloaded’ neutralizes 564 drug personalities in Region 9

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ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) neutralized 564 drug personalities in Region 9 since the resumption of its intensified anti-drug campaign, an official said Thursday.

The anti-drug campaign, dubbed as “Double Barrel Reloaded,” resumed on March 6.

Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, said they have so far conducted 9,886 house visitations in the entire region since the resumption of the anti-drug campaign.

Beltran disclosed that 227 of the 564 neutralized drug personalities were arrested in separate anti-drug operations in the region. Twenty-six of the 227 arrested were drug pushers and 201 were users.

Beltran said that 334 of the 564 neutralized drug personalities “personally appeared and surrendered to the different police stations” in the region.

PRO-9 has jurisdiction over the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur and and Zamboanga del Norte and the cities of Zamboanga and Isabela.

Of the 334, Beltran said 319 of them were drug users and the remaining 15 were pushers.

He disclosed that three out of the 564 neutralized drug personalities were killed as they resisted the lawmen during anti-drug operations.

He said they have so far seized 432 sachets of suspected shabu and eight firearms since “Double Barrel Reloaded” was launched.

He urged the public to continuously support the anti-drug campaign of the government initiated and spearheaded by no less than President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Beltran said the public can help them in the anti-drug campaign by providing information to PRO-9 hotline numbers 09178475757 and 09175062000 or 911.

“The fight against illegal drugs is a shared responsibility of everyone. It is the fight of the people and the PNP is the frontliner in waging this people’s fight,” Beltran said.