Customs foils sale of party drugs by alleged Pakistan syndicate

admin   •   January 16, 2018   •   3884

Party drugs seized by BOC

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs has formally turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) the party drugs they intercepted, with a street value of more than P1.2 billion.

According to BOC Chief Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, the party drugs that were seized last January 4 and 10 were believed to have come from Pakistan.

 

BOC personnel detected the two million pieces of party drugs, which were in tablet form, in a shipment at the Philpost office in NAIA.

The BOC is now in pursuit of the consignees of the shipment identified as Peter Parcon and Jocelyn Villarino.

“They did not appear during the interception. Actually ito (this), it stayed for some time with the post office but walang lumitaw (no one claimed it). Then we decided to have it confiscated,” said Lapeña.

The BOC will also be on a lookout for the Filipino counterparts of the Pakistan drug syndicate. — Rajel Adora| UNTV News & Rescue

PNP, PDEA destroy over P8 million worth of marijuana in Kalinga

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Some 43,000 fully grown marijuana plants and 400 grams of Cannabis products, estimated to worth P8.6 million have been destroyed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

In a statement on Friday, police said the marijuana plants and Cannabis products were destroyed by joint elements from the PNP and PDEA units in a three-day eradication operation at four plantation sites in Barangay Ngibat, Tinglayan, Kalinga this week.

Police said that at the first site with an estimated land area of 500 square meters, around 5,000 marijuana plants worth P1 million were uprooted, and 400 grams of dried marijuana leaves worth P48,000 were destroyed.

At the second plantation site with an estimated land area of 1,000 square meters, the PNP said that around 10,000 marijuana plants worth P2 million were destroyed.

Around 8,000 marijuana plants worth P1.6 million were also uprooted in the third plantation site with a land area of 800 square meters.

At the fourth site, with 2,000 square meter land area, authorities took out 20,000 marijuana plants estimated to worth P4 million.

The operation culminated at around 4:00 p.m. of April 14, the PNP said.

according to PNP chief General Debold Sinas, appropriate charges will be filed against those who cultivate marijuana plants.

“We will continue with the marijuana eradication operations nationwide with the aim of totally ending the illegal cultivation and sale of this plant,” he said.

“Likewise, appropriate court charges await against identified weed cultivators,” he added.

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Guns, phones used by agents in PNP-PDEA clash to undergo examination – NBI

Robie de Guzman   •   March 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Firearms, cellphones and other pieces of evidence recovered from the shooting incident between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will undergo examination, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Tuesday.

NBI spokesperson and deputy director Ferdinand Lavin said the PNP and PDEA have already turned over some of the evidence from the alleged misencounter that occurred between its operatives last week along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

These include 29 guns and slugs which will undergo forensic examination to know which among these firearms were used during the shootout.

Police also provided a copy of the technical forensic evidence like autopsy reports, drug tests, DNA tests, paraffin tests, as well as the analysis of bullet trajectories to the NBI.

“Saan nakuha sa crime scene yung empty shells? Sino nakatama kanino? Anong baril nakatama, kanino? Kung may nakuhang slug doon sa katawan ng tao, malalaman natin more or less. Tinitingnan din namin yung relative position nung shooter to the target at approximate distance,” he said.

They will also look at recovered CCTV footage to help determine the positions and actions of operatives before and during the incident.

Cellphones used by the operatives have also been handed over to the investigating body.

Lavin said these devices will be analyzed by the NBI’s digital forensic team.

“Doon sa cellphone, malalaman natin yung takbo ng kwento, especially yung mga operatiba, (coordination?) Yes that’s parts of the analytics na gagawin,” he said.

Lavin said the NBI will gather next testimonial evidence, particularly those involved in the incident.

The NBI has been designated by President Rodrigo Duterte as the sole body to probe the alleged misencounter.

At least four people were killed in the shootout, including two policemen, one PDEA agent, and an informant. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

DOJ wants review of cops’ administrative, criminal liabilities in anti-illegal drug ops

Marje Pelayo   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inter-Agency Review Panel has submitted to the President and furnished a copy to the Philippine National Police (PNP) its preliminary findings in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations of law enforcement personnel. 

The review covered the 328 cases of the thousands of illegal drug operations conducted since President Duterte assumed office in 2016.

According to DOJ Undersecretary Adrian Sugay, their recommendations include a review of possible administrative and criminal liabilities of erring cops that result in the death of suspects.

The PNP is expected to release its report on the matter in the first week of March.

The DOJ assures that all policemen who are involved in such cases will be held accountable based on the result of their review.

This came after an incident that happened in Quezon City where members of the PNP and agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) engaged in a shootout in an alleged anti-illegal drug operation.

“Any and all possible administrative/criminal liability against those involved in these anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred may be pursued depending on any further findings/recommendations,” Usec. Adrian Sugay stressed. (MNP with reports from Dante Amento)

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