PDEA destroys P4.45-M seized illegal drugs in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. led the destruction of P4.45 million worth of seized illegal drugs in Negros Occidental in rites held in this city Tuesday.

The destroyed drugs included P4.3 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) weighing 716.676 grams and P135,934 worth of marijuana, weighing 3,883.85 grams.

Cacdac said the illegal drugs came from Regional Trial Court Branches 47, 52 and 53 in Bacolod City, RTC Branch 69 in Silay City, RTC Branch 62 in Bago City, and RTC Branch 59 in San Carlos City.

The cases involving the destroyed illegal drugs in four cities have already been disposed and the PDEA is required to destroy the illegal drugs used as evidence, he said.

Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 authorizes PDEA as the lead anti-drug agency to take custody and facilitate the destruction of all drug evidence covered by court order for destruction.

Cacdac added that the process of thermal decomposition will burn the drug evidence into ashes, making it impossible to reconstruct the original composition of the substances.

“This is PDEA’s way of ensuring the public that the confiscated drugs under our custody are destroyed and are not recycled back into the streets,” he said.

Cacdac also urged Bacolodnons to be vigilant and to be on guard to keep the city free from the harmful effects of illegal drugs.

Speaking at the Barangay Drug Clearing Orientation held at the Bacolod People’s House, Cacdac said the demand for illegal drugs can be reduced when family members are aware of its destructive effects, both to them and to the user.

Teachers and barangay tanods, which he refers to as “agents of persons in authority” should be the first in line to relay the threats of drugs, Cacdac said.

He added that the local police force should instigate “supply reduction” and to delegate the efforts of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

“Map each barangay, plot your action and pinpoint potential users, pushers and coordinate with your local police,” Cacdac said. (PNA)

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