PDEA DESTROYS PHP354.87-M WORTH ILLEGAL DRUGS IN CAVITE

MANILA — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Tuesday destroyed a total of PHP354.87 million worth of dangerous drugs in Cavite, PDEA official said.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. said the drugs destroyed through thermal decomposition were a total of 92,059.1130 grams (92.059 kilograms) of assorted pieces of drug evidence composed of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, cocaine, marijuana, ephedrine, ecstasy, methylphenidate hydrochloride or ritalin, dormicum or midazolam, rivotril or clonazepam, lorazepam or ativan, alprazolam or aloram, diazepam or valium and expired medicines.

Based on the consolidated report of the PDEA Laboratory Service, among those destroyed during the activity were 57,454.75 grams of shabu worth PHP333,237,550; 5,177.90 grams of cocaine worth PHP23,300,550; 1,977.86 grams of marijuana worth PHP98,893 and other dangerous drugs.

“These are part of the illegal drugs that were seized during operations conducted by PDEA combined with those turned over by other partner drug law enforcement agencies that are no longer needed as evidence in court,” Cacdac said.

The destruction was held at the Integrated Waste Management Inc. (IWMI), Barangay Aguado, Trece Martirez City, Cavite.

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.

The activity was made in compliance with the requirements of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No.1 series of 2002.

“The destruction of seized illegal drugs in accordance with the provisions of the law will eliminate any misconception that these items are being recycled and peddled back into the streets,” Cacdac said.

Key officials of PDEA and other law enforcement agencies, representatives from the Department of Justice, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the Pubic Attorney’s Office, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and media witnessed the destruction. The guest of honor during the activity was Cyril Ramos, Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (MOLEO), Office of the Ombudsman. PNA