DATE: March 16, 2020

A Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Narcotic Detection Dog (NDD), or K9, detected the presence of narcotic drugs on an abandoned package in Pasay PAIR-PAGS Center on March 9, 2019.

PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIADITG) spearheaded by PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) under the supervision of Director Joel B. Plaza conducted parcel profiling and K9 sweeping on the abandoned parcels in the International Cargo Transport PAIR-PAGS Center, Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Pasay City.  

Aquino said, the PDEA K9 Handler, Marlon Mofan, while conducting parcel profiling and K9 sweeping, the NDD, or K9 named “Happy”, a Jack Russell Terrier breed, indicated behavior for the presence of dangerous drugs on a package with an Airway Bill that prompted the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Examiner, COO3 Michael John P. Ramos, to conduct a thorough examination. The package yielded more or less 9,170 pieces of Clonazepam, and more or less 26,160 pieces of Diazepam which were submitted for a laboratory test.

Clonazepam and Diazepam are two of commonly abused drugs. They are classified as narcotic drugs and highly-addictive. These drugs have the effect of calming the body, brain, and nerves. They also give a high feeling of euphoria, the reason why the dispensation of these drugs is controlled by the government. 

The identity of the shipper and consignee indicated in the parcel are currently under validation and investigation.

 “It is no doubt that the PDEA K9s are an invaluable asset in the ongoing war against illegal drugs when properly trained and assisted by their handlers. The natural capability and superior sense of smell of dogs, which is a thousand times stronger than humans, makes them a valuable tool in the detection of concealed illegal drugs”, Aquino said.

The PDEA man-dog teams bolster the monitoring and interdiction capabilities in the country’s airports and seaports, sweeping searches on baggage, cargoes, and parcels, events monitoring, greyhound operations in jails and custodial facilities, and detection of New Psychoactive Substances being rampantly used as party drugs.

Under the leadership of Director General Aquino, the latest batch of K9 training made PDEA history as it is the most extensive single procurement of new NDDs and by far the largest recruitment and training of K9 handlers in a single training course setting.

The PDEA K9 facility, which is situated in a 5,000-square meter lot in the City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, is currently in the final stages of a P21.3 million major facelift.

“Once the rehabilitation is completed, the K9 facility is envisioned to be the premier hub for breeding and training of all drug-sniffing dogs and their handlers intended for drug law enforcement agencies in the Philippines,” the PDEA chief said.

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