‘Seized drugs not recycled’

ANTI-DRUG. Shabu and marijuana and an effigy of a drug pusher going up in smoke during the celebration of Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week in Davao City. MORIE AGUILAR

    Drugs seized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) are not recycled but destroyed.
Suspicions are that scalawag agents of PDEA filch confiscated drugs to be sold secretly.
They are destroyed, PDEA Regional Director Emerson Rosales said in giving the assurance the drugs do not land in dirty hands.
The aim of burning or destroying these confiscated dangerous drugs is to erase the notion and doubts from the public that there is recycling of dangerous drugs, said Provincial PDEA Officer Clodito Cañada.
Rosales nd Canada the burning of seized illegal drugs at the Provincial Capitol grounds of Davao del Norte recently.
A total of 32.9081 grams of methamphetamine or shabu worth P296,000 and 2,251.761 grams of marijuana amounting to P80,000 were torched as a culminating event of the province’s celebration of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week.
The torching ceremony was joined by Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio Jr., Board Member Shirley Belen Aala, Judge Adlawan, Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office Director Police Senior Superintendent Edgardo Wycoco, RTC Judge Dorothy Gonzaga of Panabo City, Provincial PDEA Officer Clodito Cañada, Luntiang Paraiso Regional Drug Rehabilitation Center Director Gabriel Logronio and Dr. James Paul Dumdum of the Davao Regional Hospital.
Rosales said the fight against illegal drugs is gaining ground in the region due to  public support.
Rosales lauded the collaboration of other law enforcement agencies and the local government units in the anti-drug campaign. ROGER M. BALANZA

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