PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino yesterday expressed much concern over the presence of injectable liquid shabu being sold online as he called on netizens to help them track down personalities involved in such illegal online trading.
The PDEA chief issued the call after 26 syringes were seized during a buy-bust operation conducted by PDEA Special Enforcement Service in front of a fast-food chain along Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City last Thursday. He said that each syringe contained suspected injectable liquid shabu, with a total estimated content of 10.4 milliliters.
Arrested during the operation were Mark Kenneth San Juan alias ‘Xtian,’ 23 ; and his cohort Jeffrey Saclao, 28, both residents of Pembo, Makati City.
Aquino said that prior to the conduct of the sting, his men have learned that San Juan sold injectable liquid shabu by advertising through different social media sites such as Twitter, Romeo and Grindr- both dating applications catering to specific groups within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community.
He said that they discovered that interested buyers of the drug usually contacted San Juan through text messages and other voice or call messaging applications on Facebook, Skype, Romeo, and Grindr, placing orders of the illegal drug.
“A syringe containing 20 cc of liquid shabu costs 1,000. San Juan and Saclao also offer a service fee of 300 for administering the injection. Besides liquid shabu, the suspects sell shabu by the gram. They either transact their businesses via meetups or delivery through courier service platforms,” Aquino said.
The PDEA chief said that in order to liquify the shabu in crystallized form, the process involves dilution using sterile water, after which it is aspirated using tuberculin syringe. The drug is then administered to the body by injecting it directly into the veins which later expand into the nervous system.
The method is fast becoming popular among shabu users because it produces faster and greater high effect since it is taken intravenously, Aquino said.
“However, this can lead to accidental drug overdose, while shared needles can spread contagious diseases,” he said.
Aquino said that the effects of an injectable liquid shabu ranges from stimulation of sexual arousal, increased libido and sexual desire to prolonged sexual activity.
“Drug dealers have become brazen in publicly advertising and selling their illicit products online or through social media. Rest assured that PDEA will be relentless in stopping this method of drug trafficking,” the PDEA chief said.