P4.4M worth of seized illegal drugs destroyed

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroyed on Tuesday about P4.4 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and marijuana at the crematorium of Acropolis Gardens in Bacolod City.

PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr., said the illegal drugs were presented as evidence in various regional trial courts in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

Destroyed were P4.3 million worth of shabu, weighing 716.676 grams and P135,934 worth of marijuana, weighing 3, 883.85 grams. Burning or thermal decomposition of seized prohibited substance is mandated by the law.

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The illegal drugs were collected from RTC Branches 47, 52 and 53 in Bacolod City, RTC Branch 69 in Silay City, RTC Branch 62 in Bago City, and RTC Branch 59 in San Carlos City.

Cacdac said the cases involving the destroyed illegal drugs in four cities have already been disposed and the PDEA is required to destroy the illegal drugs used as evidence.

Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 authorizes PDEA as the lead anti-drug agency to take custody and facilitate the destruction of all drug evidence covered by court order for destruction.

“This is our way of reinforcing our message to the people that we are serious in doing our job,” he said.

Cacdac added that the process of thermal decomposition will burn the drug evidence into ashes, making it impossible to reconstruct the original composition of the substances.

“This is PDEA’s way of ensuring the public that the confiscated drugs under our custody are destroyed and are not recycled back into the streets,” he said.

Adonis Abueva, chemist III of PDEA, said the Acropolis Gardens crematorium facility is equipped with a machine that burns the substances in two steps.

First, the substance is burned by the first burner to a temperature of 1,000 degrees centigrade, then the vapor and other partially combusted substances are heated to a temperature of 1,500 degrees centigrade by a second burner, to finally destroy the substances into the final combustion products of carbon dioxide and water.

Meanwhile, Cacdac encouraged Bacolodnons to be vigilant and to be on guard to keep the city free from the harmful effects of illegal drugs.

The PDEA also strengthened its advocacy in the barangays in Bacolod City through the barangay anti-drug clearing operations.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 13, 2014.

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