PDEA destroys P6.25-B worth of illegal drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2020   •   95

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroyed over P6.25 billion worth of confiscated illegal drugs in Cavite on Thursday (October 15).

PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva confirmed that 1,394 kilograms of illegal drugs and paraphernalia were destroyed through thermal decomposition in Trece Martirez, Cavite.

The move was in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately destroy contraband to avoid recycling by unscrupulous individuals.

The official also said the destruction of seized illegal drugs would also ease the suspicion of the public that seized illegal drugs are being recycled by errant officials.

“Kapag natapos po ito ay zero-zero po ang inventory ng PDEA. So next month asahan niyo na mauubos ang ebidensya namin diyan sa storage ng PDEA laboratory service, (One we finish [destroying seized illegal drugs], PDEA’s inventory will be zero-zero. So next month, expect our evidence will be gone at the storage of PDEA laboratory service)” Villanueva said.

He also reported this is the third highest worth of illegal drugs seized since 2017. PDEA is also set to destroy 1,529 kilograms of illegal drugs in November.

Villanueva also lauded the Department of Justice for the immediate release of court order authorizing PDEA to destroy seized illegal drugs. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

‘Ecstasy’ pills worth P750K seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Another parcel containing ecstasy tablets was intercepted by authorities, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Friday.

The BOC said its operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agencyand NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group seized the package containing over 196 pieces of ecstasy tablets and 151 grams of Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) power or raw ecstasy at the Central Mail Exchange Center.

The BOC said the parcel, which was sent by a certain Jansen J.J.K from Amersfoot, Netherlands, was declared as key chain intended for Cebu City.

When subjected to 100% physical examination, the package was found to contain ecstasy drugs in pills and powder/crystal forms with aggregate street value of P750,000.

PDEA Chemical Laboratory results confirmed that tablets and the crystallized substance contains MDMA or ecstasy/molly.

The illegal drugs are now in the custody of PDEA for further investigation and institution of inquest proceedings for violation of the Republic Act 9165 also known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act in relation to Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of the Republic Act 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

Since January 2020, the BOC said the Port of NAIA in partnership with PDEA and NAIA-IADITG already intercepted 41 different shipments of illegal drugs with a total value of P83.6 Million of the anti-illegal drugs. Thirteen shipments of which contained Ecstasy worth P40.4 Million.

PNP, PDEA to comply with Duterte’s order to destroy seized illegal drugs in a week

Robie de Guzman   •   October 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to destroy confiscated illegal drugs in one week.

PNP chief Police General Camilo Cascolan said they have already coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for the procedure in the immediate destruction of the illegal drugs in compliance with the president’s directive.

“Actually, napag-usapan na namin yan dati ng PDEA. Okay naman, actually within three days dapat yun ang usapan, within three days dapat wala na yan, susunugin na yan,” Cascolan said.

In a public address late Monday night, Duterte said all illegal drugs seized from anti-drug operation, no matter its volume, should be eradicated in a week.

PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva, for his part, said they have been conducting destruction of seized dangerous drugs.

“Gumagalaw na kami para ma-beat itong one week niya. Pero actually, ginawa na natin yan last time noong nag-destroy tayo noong August,” Villanueva said, referring to the destruction of P13.36 billion worth of illegal drugs destroyed in a facility in Trece Martires town in Cavite.

The PDEA chief also bared they were supposed to destroy 800 kilograms of dangerous drugs this October but a local court decided to move it to November due to conflict of schedule.

Around 700 more kilograms of dangerous drugs from archived cases are also set for destruction, he added.

Villanueva likewise stressed that there is a procedure that must be followed in the destruction of illegal drugs and the process cannot proceed if representatives from the court, media, and officials of concerned barangays are not present.

“Hindi naman natin ma-destroy kasi walang accused, representative of the accused, so hindi pwede i-destroy. Marami tayong nire-resolve ngayon. Pipilitin namin na one week matapos yung kay president,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

P4.5 million worth of shabu seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   September 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has seized 640 grams of shabu (crystal meth) estimated to worth P4.5 million in a warehouse in Pasay City.

The contraband was found in an unclaimed parcel at the DHL warehouse.

The BOC said the seized illegal drug was concealed inside tin cans of wafer and packs of chocolates, stuffed toys, candies and slippers to avoid detection.

It was shipped from Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States and consigned to a certain resident of Hagonoy, Bulacan.

However, its contents were detected through “intensified vigilance and profiling BOC-NAIA” and coordinated with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (IADITG).

Chemical Laboratory Analysis conducted by PDEA confirmed that the seized white crystalline substance were indeed methamphetamine hydrochloride.

The BOC said the items have been turned over to the PDEA on Sept. 24 for further profiling and case build-up against those behind its importation for possible prosecution for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

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