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PDEA DESTROYS P9.23 MILLION WORTH OF CHEMICALS AND LAB EQUIPMENT USED FOR MANUFACTURING SHABU

PR2402016Seized controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs), together with laboratory equipment intended for the production of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, valued at P9,237,495.68 were destroyed today, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., PDEA Director General led the destruction ceremony of the chemicals and non-drug evidence turned over by authorities that were recently ordered by the court to be destroyed.

Cacdac said that a total of 5,042.82 liters of liquid chemicals (composed of ethanol, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen peroxide, xylene, acetone, sulfuric acid, toluene, acetic acid, acetonitrile, diethyl ether, ammonia, dichloromethane, acetic anhydride, mercuric chloride, tribond, acid waste and organic waste) and 3,926,500 grams of solid chemicals (composed of red phosphorus, iodine, activated charcoal and caustic soda) were destroyed through chemical treatment method. 

Laboratory equipment consisting of beaker, metal cauldron, glass pipette, plastic containers, metallic casserole, disposable syringes, distillation system with rotary evaporator and pump, vacuum pump, cooling system units, convection stoves, cauldron, glass funnel, glass rods, thermometer, hydrogenator, distilling flasks, metal ladles, glass reactor and carboy confiscated during anti-drug operations were smashed to prevent them from being used again.

The destruction activity was held at the Green Planet Management, Incorporated (GPMI)  a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - accredited treatment facility, in Barangay Punturin, Valenzuela City.

“In the spirit of transparency and accountability, PDEA will continue to destroy illegal drugs, chemicals, drug paraphernalia and laboratory equipment right before the probing eyes of the public. This is to eliminate any misconception that these pieces of drug and non-drug evidence are being recycled for illegal purposes,” Cacdac said.

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