CLOSE to P84 million worth of various dangerous drugs seized by the Police Regional Offices of Cordillera and Ilocos Region and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Cordillera were destroyed in Bacnotan, La Union recently.
The dangerous drugs seized during different anti-illegal drug operations of police and PDEA units amounting to P84,047,913.39 used as evidence were ordered to undergo thermal destruction, with the majority of cases coming from terminated cases or cases already decided by courts.
These included 979.8303 grams of methamphetamine more commonly known as shabu; 4,6550 milliliters (ml) of liquid shabu; 639,695.9333 grams of marijuana; 2016.4 ml of marijuana oil; 467.7342 grams of marijuana seeds; 673 pieces of marijuana plants and 24 pieces of stalks.
Thermal decomposition is a process by which compounds are broken down into single units by application of heat. When applied to dangerous drugs, this procedure will cause the drugs to lose their chemical value, rendering it impossible for recycling or reconstruction.
The destruction ceremony was in line with the guidelines set on the custody and disposition of seized dangerous drugs as required by Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No.1 series of 2002.
A Memorandum of Agreement was earlier signed between PDEA and Holcim Philippines-Bacnotan, allowing the usage of the latter’s facility for thermal destruction of drug evidence, with the first batch of illegal drugs destroyed in December 2020 under then-Police Regional Office-Cordillera regional director Police Brigadier General R’win Pagkalinawan.
Gracing the event was Assistant Secretary Gregorio Pimentel, deputy director-general for operations of PDEA.