Duterte's 1st month: P2.6-B worth of illegal drugs seized

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has seized dangerous drugs and controlled precursors and essential chemicals worth P2.594 billion during the first month of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration.

PDEA said it initiated the conduct of 123 anti-drug operations from July 1 to 31, with the support of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other law enforcement agencies, resulting in the arrest of 215 drug personalities and the seizure of illegal drugs.

“The P2.5 billion seizure of illegal drugs was achieved only in a month’s time, compared to the total estimated value of P2.86 billion confiscated the entire year of 2015,” said PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña.

Out of the seized drug evidence, 180 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, with an estimated market value of P900 million, were dug up by joint operatives of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (IDG), PDEA Regional Office 02 (PDEA RO2), Bureau of Customs (BOC), and local police in Barangay Culao, Claveria, Cagayan.

For the period, two clandestine laboratories used in the manufacture of shabu, and one storage facility were dismantled.

“In addition, the period saw the neutralization of Meco Tan, a big-time drug lord during the implementation of lawful search in a compound in Pinagbayanan Street, Barangay Lingunan, Valenzuela City on July 22, 2016,” Lapeña added.

“The timeline has been set and the targets have been identified. PDEA and other partner agencies are working diligently to address the self-imposed obligations made by President Duterte to the Filipino people,” the PDEA chief said.

The President has declared an all-out war against illegal drugs. (SDR/Sunnex)
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