City bars monitored for 'illegal drugs'

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Saturday, June 16, 2012


THE City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) is closely monitoring several bars in Davao City that are believed to be among the primary dumping areas of various illegal drugs here.

Lawyer Eliseo Braganza, Cadac action officer, in Thursday's I-Speak forum held at the City Hall, said they've been receiving reports that one of the markets for illegal drug products in Davao City are the prime bars particularly those inside the Matina Town Square (MTS) and along F. Torres Street.

Braganza also noted that the supply of illegal drugs in the city is relatively increasing as compared to previous years.

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"If the market is there, papasok at papasok ang supply ng droga (the supply of illegal drugs will be there)," Braganza said.

Braganza, however, assured that there are no big drug laboratories in Davao City after the authorities raided a shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) warehouse in 2009.

Braganza, however, said this does not mean that the major market of illegal drug in Davao City is the bar-goers or those considered as young professionals.

Shoreline communities

On top of the major bars in Davao City, Cadac along with other law enforcement agencies including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Davao Region are closely monitoring shoreline communities especially along Quezon Boulevard in this city.

Based on their monitoring, Braganza said mostly abused-illegal drug is marijuana followed by shabu.

Meanwhile, PDEA Davao chief Emerson Rosales said for the period January to May this year, PDEA Davao has seized 107.75 grams of shabu that is 51 percent higher than the 52 grams confiscated during the same period last year.

PDEA has also confiscated a total of P1.1 million worth of marijuana from January to May in 2011 compared to the P1.3 million worth of marijuana seized for the same period this year.

Efforts to get the comments of the management of the two bar compounds proved futile as of this writing.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 16, 2012.

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