Chatto wants police to use backtracking to trace drug trade

Gov. Edgar Chatto wants the police to backtrack on the flow of the drug trade using information from huge drug busts as a way to find the sources of the illegal drugs coming into the province.

Chatto asked the police during the Provincial Peace and Order Council recently if the police are backtracking the information gained from the arrested drug personalities.

The governor said the information obtained can be used to track the origin of the supply of the illegal drugs.

The arrested drug personalities may be able to give clues to the law enforcers about the identity of the suppliers and where the supplies are coming from, said the governor.

“If we know where it is coming from, then we are hitting the root of the problem, the cause,” he said.

The governor is more concerned of the bigger hauls, since small fry arrests may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Supt. Lorenzo Batuan from Camp Dagohoy said while he is not privy to the anti-drug operations, he made assurances the police personnel involved are using techniques to obtain more information leading to bigger drug arrests in the future.

“Because a report on the arrest will not make us sleep well, until we know where these things are coming from,” said the governor.

Chatto said the drug trade will continue and the cycle will repeat if we are not going to find out the source and stop the flow of the supply of illegal drugs into the province.

The governor wants to get a clear and detailed information on the backtracking activities done by the police. He has told Batuan to relay the information to PNP provincial dirctor Sr. Supt. Felipe Natividad to give the information to pertinent personalities in the Special Action Committee.

He said information obtain in backtracking can be a valuable gauge in knowing if the government is indeed winning the war on drugs by blocking the entry of the supply of illegal drugs into the province.

Using the example of the blocking of the Abu Sayyaf Group here, the backtracking techniques greatly helped in solving the problem and getting more informatio in just a little over a month, the governor said.

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