PDEA 11 destroys P32.5-M illegal drugs

PDEA 11 destroys P32.5-M illegal drugs
ILLEGAL DRUGS. Personnel from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 11 burn P32.5-M confiscated illegal drugs in Davao Region at the capitol grounds in Davao del Sur, Matti, Digos City (March 29). The burning of the seized illegal drugs is mandated by law. (Photo courtesy of PDEA 11)

DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11 burned about P32.5 million worth of illegal drugs seized in Davao Region by the different law enforcement units today (March 29) at Davao del Sur Provincial Capitol Grounds in Matti, Digos City, Davao del Sur.

PDEA 11 director Antonio Rivera led the burning of the 1,718 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as “shabu” worth P11.6 million and 174,000 grams of cannabis sativa or “marijuana” with a total estimated street value of over P20.8 million.

He said the burning of confiscated illegal drugs was also done to erase  suspicion that there is a recycling of seized illegal drugs by the law enforcement agencies.

Rivera commended the untiring effort of the local government unit, Philippine National Police, other law enforcement agencies, media and the community for their continuing support in the fight against illegal drugs.

“This collaborative effort of the 5 pillars of the criminal justice system serves as a warning to all drug perpetrators that we are working hand in hand to suppress the supply of illegal drugs in our country,” he said.

The burning of confiscated illegal drugs was witnessed by the judges of the Regional Trial Court as well as respective representatives from the Department of Justice, the Public Attorney’s Office, local officials, civil society groups, and the media.