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PDEA destroys P904M CPECs, shabu-making equipment

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) destroyed ₱904,303,333.46 worth of controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs), and laboratory equipment intended for the production of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu yesterday at the Green Plant Management, Incorporated (GPMI), Bgy. Punturin, Valenzuela City.

PDEA Director General Wilkins M Villanueva led the ceremony which involved the biggest destruction of CPECs and laboratory apparatus in terms of volume and value in the history of the country’s drug law enforcement.

Villanueva said a total of 259,749.07 liters of liquid chemicals composed of hydrochloric acid, acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, sulfuric acid, acetic anhydride, acetic acid, ethanol, methanol, ammonia, isopropyl alcohol, cyclohexane, diethyl ether, and propylene glycol were destroyed through chemical treatment.

A total of 30,192,037.01 grams of solid chemicals consisting of red phosporus, iodine, sodium hydroxide, acetaminophen, tartaric acid, potassium iodate, sodium acetate trihydrate, and ethyl maltol, sodium chloride, activated carbon and ionomer, were also destroyed.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City was the guest of honor and speaker during the ceremony. PDEA key officials, Barangay Punturin, Valenzuela City officials, representatives from other law enforcement agencies, Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), non-government organizations and media partners witnessed the destruction activity.

Villanueva commended the efforts of the different branches of Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) for the expeditious prosecution and disposition of drug cases that led to the prompt destruction of these chemicals and laboratory equipment no longer needed as evidence in court.

The destruction of the dangerous drugs is in compliance with the guidelines set on the custody and disposition of seized dangerous drugs required in Section 21, Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 1, Series of 2002.

PDEA continues to destroy dangerous drugs, CPECs and laboratory equipment right before the public not only in compliance with the law, but also in the spirit of transparency and accountability,” Villanueva said.