Still nobody to sue for cocaine bricks

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


AN OFFICER of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Davao, the lead agency of the task force investigating the cocaine shipments discovered at the Sumifru Wharf in Tibungco, Davao City, said there is still no one to sue for the entry of the illegal drugs.

PDEA-Davao public information officer Noli Nephi Dimaandal, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said they are still in the process of tracing where the container van came from.

He said PDEA-Davao cannot just tag officers of the Maersk Shipping Line whose containers were used to store the bricks of cocaine, since they cannot establish if the officials of the company had any knowledge about the loading of the illegal drugs.

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As of Tuesday, a total of 53 bricks of cocaine were turned over to the PDEA-Davao for examination, yet authorities are still searching for the 11 remaining bricks.

Dimaandal assured that if they cannot file a case for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against the source of the illegal drugs, they will press charges against those caught in possession of the remaining bricks.

"Wala pa man gyud tay mapasakaan ug kaso kay ongoing pa man ang investigation sa task force. Pero kung naa mi madakpan nga wala nila gi-surrender ang cocaine, makasohan gyud to siya (We still have nobody to charge since the investigation of the task force is still ongoing. But if we catch a person who will not surrender the cocaine, we will sue that person)," Dimaandal said.

Dimaandal, in an e-mail, also presented the dangers of cocaine use and the penalties that will be imposed to those arrested in possession of the illegal drugs.

"The strength or purity of the cocaine increases the risk of overdose. It can lead to coma and death. Using this kind of drugs can also cause psychosis, paranoid delusions, hallucinations, becomes aggressive and it can drive the user to commit suicide," Dimaandal said.

He said those arrested for possession may be sentenced to life imprisonment and pay a fine ranging from P500,000 to P10 million. (RSA)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 27, 2014.

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