Island Wide Effort Strikes Drug Points

Police arrest­ed 61 per­sons in simul­ta­ne­ous   in eight regions Thurs­day, Police Super­in­ten­dent José Figueroa San­cha and Jus­tice Sec­re­tary, Guiller­mo Somoza Colom­bani reported.

José Figueroa Sancha

José Figueroa Sancha

The simul­ta­ne­ous efforts in the regions of Aguadil­la, Aiboni­to, Areci­bo, Caguas, Guaya­ma, Mayagüez, Ponce, and San Juan was part of the “Golpe al pun­to” (Strik­ing the Point) police operation

“We remain active in the fight against crime, espe­cial­ly the war on drugs, strik­ing drug points across the entire island,” said Figueroa. “The joint oper­a­tion, in which 114 war­rants were served, record­ed all the arrest­ed per­sons con­duct­ing ille­gal activ­i­ties, giv­ing police con­vinc­ing proof to pros­e­cute them for their crimes.”

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Somoza was pleased with the results, since it achieved 100 per­cent deter­mi­na­tion of prob­a­ble cause for arrest at the hear­ing (Rule 6), and a 96 per­cent at the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing. Total bail was approx­i­mate­ly $429 million.

“These num­bers con­tin­ue to increase,” said Somoza. “As of today, we have a 96 per­cent con­vic­tion rate in the cas­es filed before the courts.”

“Dur­ing the past 15 months, these oper­a­tions have hit mul­ti­ple drug points, restor­ing peace and con­fi­dence to com­mu­ni­ties at the mer­cy of traf­fick­ers,” said Somoza.

Guillermo Somoza Colombani

Guiller­mo Somoza Colombani

The Super­in­ten­dent not­ed that police are com­mit­ted to their mis­sion of pro­tect­ing life and prop­er­ty, and urged cit­i­zens to coöper­ate by call­ing the con­fi­den­tial line at 787−343−2020.

“The fight against crime affects us all and we must work togeth­er, instill­ing the val­ues of trust­wor­thi­ness, respect, respon­si­bil­i­ty, fair­ness, kind­ness, and civil­i­ty so that Puer­to Rico once again becomes the law and order soci­ety we all want,” said Figueroa.