THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says community cooperation is crucial in its anti-illegal drug campaign. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NAIRA NAIJA
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) was able to seize an estimated 17 kilos of suspected shabu valued at P114.4 million in a span of two months.
PDEA-7 regional director Levi Ortiz said the drug haul was confiscated during 91 anti-drug operations from 20 June until 4 September. A total of 141 persons were arrested, 63 of whom were high-value targets.
“Intensified operations and close coordination between the police and PDEA in Central Visayas have led to the confiscations within a span of more than two months,” Ortiz said.
Aside from shabu, PDEA-7 destroyed 52,240 stalks of fully grown marijuana worth P20.980 million and confiscated 500 grams of dried marijuana leaves worth P60,000.
“We cannot say that we have a big problem with illegal drugs. We can address the problem. The reason for the big haul was we have more operations, more confiscations, because we intensified our anti-drug operations,” he said.
Ortiz assured they will continue to coordinate with courier service companies, especially in Cebu, along with the agency’s continuous inspections in seaports and airports.
Recently, PDEA-7 seized P81.6 million worth of shabu contained in shipments supposedly containing light-emitting diode (LED) from Manila.
Ortiz also said barangay drug-clearing programs are crucial in their anti-illegal drug operations.
“We are intensifying our barangay clearing program. It is the best way to win against illegal drugs. Even if we have many drug seizures and arrests, barangay operations can dictate our progress,” Ortiz said. “Once a barangay is declared drug-free, it will connect to supply reduction.”
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