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P2.67 BILLION WORTH OF ILLEGAL DRUGS DESTROYED BY PDEA

PR060The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroyed P2.67 billion worth of dangerous drugs today (Thursday), February 11, 2016, at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. (IWMI), Barangay Aguado, Trece Martirez City, Cavite.

Destroyed through thermal decomposition were a total of 1,677,021.07 grams, or 1.6 metric tons of assorted pieces of drug evidence composed of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, liquid shabu, ketamine, marijuana, ephedrine, aziridine, norephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and expired medicines.

Thermal decomposition is the process by which various compounds are broken down into single units by the application of heat wherein reconstruction of the substances is impossible.

 

Based on the consolidated report of the PDEA Laboratory Service, the seized shabu, the country’s most abused illegal drug, weighing 465,834.10 grams, with an estimated street value of P2,236,003,680.00, was destroyed at the site.

“Majority of the burned shabu were seized from two storage facilities in San Fernando, Pampanga that happened on September 12, 2014,” said PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. who led the destruction ceremony.

To recall, 461 kilograms of shabu, 14.26 liters of liquid shabu, 236.77 kilograms of ephedrine and 656.7 kilograms of aziridine, were discovered by authorities in a warehouse in Greenville Subdivision, Barangay San Jose and a townhouse located in the corner of Rome and Moscow Streets, Richtown Subdivision, Barangay Sindalan, both in San Fernando City, Pampanga that led to the arrest of four Chinese nationals.

“Today’s bulk destruction is the highest in terms of total value and gross weight of dangerous drugs destroyed since 2010,” Cacdac said, adding that the destruction of illegal drugs today was also the highest since he took over PDEA’s leadership in October 2012.

“We want the public to witness the destruction of dangerous drugs seized by drug enforcement officers in order to allay public apprehensions that these illicit substances are being reused, recycled or sold back in the streets,” he added.

Cacdac lauded the efforts of the different branches of Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) in the cities of Antipolo, Quezon, Makati, Pasay, Manila, Valenzuela, Las Piñas, Caloocan, Batangas and San Fernando, Pampanga, for the expeditious prosecution and disposition of drug cases that led to the prompt destruction of these illegal drugs and substances no longer needed as evidence in court.

The destruction of the dangerous drugs is in compliance with the guidelines set on the custody and disposition of seized dangerous drugs required in Section 21, Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 1, Series of 2002.

Hon. Emmanuel Caparas, Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ), was the Guest of Honor and Speaker, and was represented by DOJ Undersecretary Zabedin Azis, during the ceremony. PDEA key officials, Barangay Aguado, Trece Martires City, Cavite officials, representatives from the DOJ, Department of the Interior and Local Government, non-government organizations and media partners also witnessed the event.

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