PDEA-6 incinerates P8.8-M illegal drugs

first_imgMost of the illegal drugs confiscatedin PDEA antidrug operations were shabu, said Tablate, and this explained whyshabu made up the bulk of those incinerate. On the other hand, the expiredmedicines were surrendered by pharmaceutical companies and hospitals. A personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Region 6 prepares these boxes of illegal drugs for incineration. Confiscated between 2016 and 2018, these had been presented as evidence in drug related court cases and of no more use. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – Confiscated illegaldrugs and expired medicines valued at P8.8 million were destroyed throughthermal incineration at the crematorium of a funeral parlor yesterday inBarangay Balabago, Jaro district. He, however, stressed, “Wala naman tayong issue sa recycling of illegal drugs dito.” “Taposna ang mga kaso. Dapat nating i-destroy na ang mga ito para hindi na magamit o ma-recycle,” said Tablate. “We will be utilizing 10 K-9 dogsaside from partnering with the police,” said Tablate. “K-9” (a homophone of“canine”) are dogs trained to assist law enforcers detect contrabands such asillegal drugs and explosives. Tablate expressed concern that demandfor illegal drugs, particularly party drugs, could rise this holiday season andnext month when Iloilo City stages the Dinagyang Festival. The burned marijuana included driedleaves and seeds. Some of them were from uprooted fully-grown marijuana plants,said Tablate. Of particular concern to the PDEA arethe seaports where drug traffickers are known to slip their stocks. The illegal drugs were confiscatedbetween 2016 and 2018 and had been presented as evidence by PDEA indrug-related court cases. The destruction was attended by PoliceRegional Office 6’s (PRO-6) Police Colonel Marlon Tayaba, chief of theDirectorial Staff; Police Colonel Harold Tuzon, deputy director for operations;representatives from the PRO-6 crime laboratory, Dangerous Drugs Board,Department of Justice, Iloilo Prosecutor’s Office, nongovernment organizations,local officials and media. 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. Destroying seized illegal drugsthrough incineration was a protocol instituted by the Dangerous Drugs Board inRegulation No. 1, Series of 2002 and by Section 21 of Republic Act 9165,otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, according toPhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 6 director Alex Tablate. The illegal drugs were methamphetaminehydrochloride or shabu worth P7,180,228.33 and marijuana worth P659.944. Theexpired medicines were valued at P1,590,568.52. “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./PNlast_img

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