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By: Victor Baldemor Ruiz

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency continues the government thrust to immediately destroy all seized drug evidence as soon as permitted by the courts, this time swiftly destroying 725,081.0744 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, alongside other dangerous drugs, with a total estimated value of P4.51 billion Pesos.

PDEA Director General for Operations Assistant Secretary Renato A Gumban led the destruction of the stockpile of illegal drugs and CPECs weighing 1,288,799.7371 grams on February 8, 2024, at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. (IWMI) in Barangay Aguado, Trece Martires City, Cavite.

Included in the destruction is approximately 530 kilograms (529,704.6 grams) of shabu seized by the National Bureau of Investigation in Mexico, Pampanga in September last year.

Apart from the methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, the bulk of the illegal drugs and CPECS consisted of 535,352.3195 grams of marijuana, 3,219.0132 grams of MDMA or ecstasy and 7,423.58 grams of cocaine.

These dangerous drugs comprise evidence seized from various anti-drug operations conducted by PDEA together with counterpart law enforcement and military units.

The pieces of drug evidence were destroyed through thermal decomposition or thermolysis. Exposed to temperatures of over 1,000 degrees centigrade, all dangerous drugs, are completely decomposed or broken down and are impossible to reconstitute.

Representatives from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), Cavite City Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office, local officials of Barangay Aguado, Trece Martires City, representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and media partners joined key PDEA officials in the said destruction of dangerous drugs.


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