PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency destroys P6.06B seized dangerous drugs

Aaron N. Aquino

PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino, yesterday led the destruction of nearly P6.06 billion worth of dangerous drugs including 276 ‘floating cocaine bricks’ seized by government agents since last year.

The drugs which were destroyed thru thermal decomposition at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. in Barangay Aguado, Trece Martirez City in Cavite were worth a total of  6,058,340,333.25.

Aquino said the multi-billion peso worth of drug evidence include those turned over to the PDEA by other law enforcement agencies as well as prohibited drugs seized by the Agency and were recently ordered by the court to be destroyed.

Dangerous Drugs Board executive director, Undersecretary Earl P. Saavedra was the guest of honor and speaker during the ceremony. which saw the destruction of a total of 1,405,840.45 grams or 1.41 tons of assorted pieces of drug evidence.

They include methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, ephedrine, ketamine, pseudoephedrine, chloroephedrine, diazepam, nitrazepam, zolpidem, temazepam, clonazepam, alprazolam, methylphenidate, dimethylamphetamine, and expired medicines; and 598 milliliters of liquid shabu, 1,126.20 milliliters of gamma butyrolactone (GBL), and 104.43 milliliters of lidocaine.

Thermal Decomposition, or thermolysis, is the method of decomposition or breaking down of chemical by heat

A consolidated report from the PDEA Laboratory Service headed by Director Derric Arnold C. Carreon showed that the drugs destroyed yesterday include 173,301.55 grams of shabu, with an estimated street value of  2,079,618,600.00; liquid shabu weighing 598 ml. worth 2,152,800.00; 336,254.61 grams of cocaine worth 2,286,531,348.00; 482,539.27 grams of marijuana worth 57,904,712.40; 1,491.31 grams of ecstasy worth 10,222,689.52; 322,356.30 grams of chloroephedrine worth 1,611,781,500.00;  1,008.49 grams of ephedrine worth 5,042,450.00; and 50,508.48 grams of diazepam worth 3,914,407.20.

Aquino said among the illegal drugs destroyed were the 276 blocks, or 331.066 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of 2.25 billion, that were discovered floating in the different shorelines of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands.

It was the 7th destruction since Aquino assumed as PDEA Director General on September 12, 2017, resulting in the destruction of seized illegal drugs, controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs), expired medicines and laboratory equipment worth 25.66 billion — the most in PDEA’s history in terms of monetary value and frequency.

Aquino said this is 48.64 percent of the P52.75 billion worth of dangerous drugs destroyed in the last decade.