PDEA posts noted increase in anti-drug operations

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Friday, December 28, 2012


THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) posted a significant increase in anti-illegal drug operations for 2012.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. attributed the achievement to the strengthened collaboration and cooperation among law enforcement agencies and the active participation of the various sectors of society in the national anti-drug campaign.

The agency, being the country’s lead organization against illegal drugs, has initiated the conduct of 24,030 anti-illegal drug operations from January to November 2012, which resulted in the arrest of 9,601 drug personalities.

“We are on the verge of doubling the number of 12,269 anti-drug operations conducted in 2011, considering there is still a month (December) left unaccounted,” Cacdac said, adding that the agency easily surpassed its commitment to the government to deliver not less than 9,591 successful anti-illegal drug operations for the year.

“One of PDEA’s operational thrusts is to neutralize priority high-value targets and quality operations,” Cacdac said, citing the seven clandestine laboratories, nine shabu tiangges, 58 drug dens and a chemical warehouse dismantled from January to November 2012. In addition, anti-drug operatives also eradicated 148 marijuana plantation sites.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG), an inter-agency collaboration headed by PDEA, to control the entry and exit of illegal drugs that are being smuggled through the country’s premier airport, has arrested 28 drug couriers during the period.

Of the total arrested drug personalities, 65 are foreign nationals who are either involved in the possession, trafficking and manufacturing of illegal drugs.

With the unrelenting campaign against international drug syndicates, PDEA has apprehended 28 members of the African Drug Syndicates (ADS) who are behind the recruitment of Filipinos as drug couriers.

For the period, 11,845 drug cases were filed in court for violation of the provisions of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Cacdac said this demonstrates PDEA’s commitment to file airtight cases to ensure conviction of drug offenders.

PDEA was also adjudged as a model among government agencies under the Office of the President, based on its performance indicators and targets for the fiscal year of 2012. Cacdac said that the agency met the good governance conditions on quantity, quality and timeliness in the delivery of government service to the public.

“This is another banner year for us. Our mindset has not changed- that we are only as good as our last accomplishment,” Cacdac said assuring the public that PDEA shall continue to be the nation’s front liner in the battle against the drug menace. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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