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PDEA destroys P9.1-B seized illegal drugs in TMC

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on June 6 destroyed PHP9.1 billion worth of dangerous drugs and controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs) at the Integrated Waste Management Inc. (IWMI) in Barangay Aguado, Trece Martires City, Cavite.
In a statement, the agency said the stockpile of narcotics weighed a total of 2,435.62 kg., which included the 1.2 tons of shabu intercepted in a checkpoint operation on April 15 in Barangay Pinagkurusan, Alitagtag, Batangas.
"The pieces of drug evidence were destroyed through thermal decomposition or thermolysis, which involves breaking down chemical compounds with the use of tremendous heat. At 1,000 degrees centigrade, all dangerous drugs are decomposed or broken down,’’ the anti-drug body added.
The destroyed illegal drugs comprised pieces of evidence seized from various anti-drug operations conducted by PDEA, together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement and military units.
PDEA added that the expeditious prosecution and disposition of drug cases prompted the immediate destruction of these drugs after these were presented as pieces of evidence.
Representatives from the PNP, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government; local officials of Barangay Aguado, other law enforcement agencies; non-government organizations (NGOs); and media partners joined key PDEA officials in witnessing the destruction activity.
"There is no other way to address the lingering concern of the public that confiscated illegal drugs are being recycled and pilfered than to destroy them as quickly as possible," PDEA added.


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