Drug bureau monitors area selling imported drugs

Subscribe Now January 19, 2012 at 07:59pm

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is closely monitoring some areas in the Davao Region that have been reported to be drop off points for imported drugs. Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in his Sunday's television program "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" divulge a report from a concerned Facebook subscriber about the alleged existence of an area in the city that sells imported illegal drugs.

Emerson R. Rosales, PDEA regional director, said they are already closely monitoring the area.

Rosales added that among other areas in the Davao Region that are on PDEA's watchlist are Mati City in Davao Oriental and Cotabato, which is reportedly the prime source of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in the region.

He, however, refused to give details on the personalities behind these illegal drugs. He said most of the suspects arrested for illegal drugs possession point to Cotabato as the source.

Rosales added that most of his agents were already alerted and dispatched in Davao Region so as to conduct thorough investigation. He admitted that there are several reports on the matter, but they cannot just arrest somebody without concrete evidence.

PDEA 11 record showed that around P7.7 million worth of illegal drugs have been confiscated in 2011 with a 385 drug suspects arrested. In 2010, P7 million worth of illegal drugs were seized and a total of 284 drug suspects were captured.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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