“We need to double our efforts inmonitoring the entry of illegal drugs. We expect a high demand for them thisChristmas season when most people have money,” said Tablate./PN Richard “Buang” Prevendido, on theother hand, died in a shootout with policemen in Barangay Balabago, Jarodistrict here on September 2017. “These groups are tapping people notfamiliar to the police. We’ve noticed that most of the recent arrests werenewly identified drug personalities,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong,PRO-6 spokesperson. The Odicta and Prevendido drug groupswere greatly decimated following the deaths of their leaders. “K-9” (a homophone of“canine”) are dogs trained to assist law enforcers detect contrabands such asillegal drugs and explosives. Of particular concern to the PDEA arethe seaports where drug traffickers are known to slip their stocks. Malong said the PRO-6 is also notdiscounting the possibility that drug traffickers would shift to robbery. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA) had said the supply of illegal drugs in Iloilo significantly droppedfollowing the deaths of Odicta and Prevendido. “We will be utilizing 10 K-9 dogsaside from partnering with the police,” said Tablate. PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong Several of their members weresubsequently arrested but others remained elusive. Tablate expressed concern that demandfor illegal drugs, particularly party drugs, could rise this holiday season andnext month when Iloilo City stages the Dinagyang Festival. “Our non-stop operations are hurtingthem. But they need to survive so they may resort to other illegal activities. Ourpolice have a security plan for them,” said Malong. “Please help us in our campaign. Giveus information. PDEA and the police could not stop drug trafficking without thehelp of the community,” said Director Alex Tablate. Party drugs, also called club drugs orrave drugs, are recreational drugs that have stimulating properties. Regularuse can lead to the user craving more of the drug, resulting to addiction. ILOILO City – Raw informationreached the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) that remnants of the Odictaand Prevendido drug groups operating here and in Iloilo province are joiningforces. PanayNews sources said the groups would bestepping up their operation this December and next month when Iloilo Citystages the Dinagyang Festival. Melvin “Boyet” Odicta Sr. was shot todeath by armed men in Malay, Aklan in August 2016. Police units were ordered to enhancetheir barangay intelligence network as key to frustrate the drug traffickers. Not leaving anything to chance, PoliceBrigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, alerted all policeunits.