PDEA destroys PhP10.4 billion worth of dangerous drugs and items related to its production

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency last week has destroyed P10.4 billion worth of dangerous drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals and laboratory equipment for the production of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

The July 27 destruction, which was done at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. (IWMI) in Trece Martires City, Cavite; is the largest so far in the history of the PDEA.

PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino led the destruction of the confiscated drugs and non-drug evidence following a court order.

Destroyed through thermal decomposition were a total of 1,000,892.41 grams of assorted pieces of drug evidence which include shabu, marijuana, ephedrine, cocaine, diazepam, ecstasy, amphetamine, cocaine + levamisole, cocaine + levamisole + phenacetin, methylephedrine, dimethylamphetamine, dimethyltryptamine, and expired medicines; and 4,444 liters of liquid shabu, 12,750 ml. of liquid cocaine, and 5 ml. of toluene.

Thermal decomposition is the process by which various compounds are broken down into single units by the application of heat wherein reconstruction of the substances is impossible.

Meanwhile, a total of 7,868 liters of liquid chemicals (composed of ethanol, methanol, acetic acid, safrole, dichloromethane, P2P, ammonia, methylamine, and 2,153,000 grams of solid chemicals (composed of potassium iodate, potassium hydroxide, phosphoric acid, sodium bicarbonate, sodium hydroxide, tartaric acid and sodium sulfate) were also destroyed.

Based on the consolidated report of the PDEA Laboratory Service, among those illegal drugs destroyed were:

  • 710,386.62 grams of shabu, with an estimated street value of P3,551,933,100;
  • liquid shabu weighing 4,260,000 ml. worth P6,390,000,000;
  • 172,000 ml. of liquid shabu and P2P worth P258,000,000;
  • 31,998.49 grams of cocaine worth P115,194,564;
  • 12,750 ml. of liquid cocaine worth P45,900,000;
  • 202,500.45 grams of marijuana worth P20,250,045;
  • 975,000 grams of tartaric acid worth P3,217,500;
  • 100,000 grams of potassium iodate worth P1,848,000; and
  • 975,000 grams of sodium hydroxide worth P1,394,250

Below is the breakdown of the total estimated value of dangerous drugs, CPECs and laboratory equipment destroyed during the activity:

Destroyed Total Estimated Value
Dangerous Drugs/Expired Medicines PhP10,391,023,541.30
CPECs PhP10,519,905.00
Laboratory Equipment PhP1,053,760.00
GRAND TOTAL PhP10,402,597,206.3

“Majority of the burned shabu weighing 602.279 kilograms were intercepted by combined elements of the PDEA, Bureau of Customs (BoC) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in two warehouses in Valenzuela City last May 26, 2017,” Aquino said.

“Also destroyed were the 4,200,600 ml. of liquid shabu confiscated during the dismantling of a large-scale clandestine laboratory inside a farm in Barangay Sto. Niño, Ibaan, Batangas on April 12, 2018,” he added.

Aquino lauded the efforts of the different branches of Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) in the cities of Antipolo, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Navotas, Pasay, Quezon City, Taguig, Valenzuela, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Morong, Bataan, and Rosario, Batangas, for the expeditious prosecution and disposition of drug cases that led to the prompt destruction of these illegal drugs, CPECs and laboratory equipment no longer needed as evidence in court.

The destruction of the dangerous drugs is in compliance with the guidelines set on the custody and disposition of seized dangerous drugs required in Section 21, Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 1, Series of 2002.

PDEA key officials, Barangay Aguado, Trece Martires City, Cavite officials, representatives from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), non-government organizations and media partners witnessed the destruction activity.

“We want the public to witness the destruction of drug and non-drug evidence seized by drug enforcement officers in order to allay public apprehensions that these illicit items are being reused, recycled or sold back in the streets,” Aquino said.

This is the fifth destruction since Aquino assumed as PDEA Director General on September 12, 2017.

With only ten months in incumbency, the PDEA chief had already spearheaded five destruction ceremonies resulting in the destruction of seized illegal drugs, CPECs, expired medicines and laboratory equipment worth PhP19.63 billion pesos-the most in the Agency’s history in terms of monetary value and frequency.


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