PDEA: P1.37B worth of illegal drugs seized from November to February
March 18, 2023 - Saturday 5:03 PM by GDM Staff
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reported that it has seized around P1.37 billion worth of illegal substances in various operations from November 2022 to February 2023.
Based on a report submitted to Malacanang, operatives of the PDEA, under Director General Moro Virgilio Lazo, launched 405 operations that resulted in the arrest of 728 drug personalities from Nov. 21, 2022 to Feb. 28, 2023.
Confiscated during the operations were 177.21 kilos of shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride, 200.22 kilos of dried leaves and bricks of marijuana, 565,160 pieces of marijuana plants, 1,687 grams of cocaine, and 16,782 tablets of Ecstasy.
PDEA said that the operations were launched in adherence to the Marcos administration’s 3-point drug war approach: mapping and prevention, cure and enforcement.
During the same period, the anti-drigs agency also reported that a total of 115 high-impact operations were launched, which resulted in the dismantling of 79 drug dens, eradication of 12 marijuana plantations, and 24 high-volume seizures.
These operations also resulted in the apprehension of some 548 high-value targets (HVTs).
Among the apprehended HVTs were four elected officials, 15 government employees, nine foreigners, 42 target-listed personalities, 102 drug den operators, and one uniformed personnel.
From November 2022 to January 2023, PDEA also monitored 11,316 drug cases filed before the courts, where 7,038 cases were resolved, 6,079 resulted in conviction, 635 in acquittal and 324 were dismissed.
The agency also said it has conducted a total of 15,803 Preventive Education and Community Involvement (PECI) activities in schools, workplaces, and communities during the same period.
As part of the demand reduction efforts, PDEA also implemented the Balay Silangan Reformation Program, which is instrumental in reforming and reintegrating drug offenders.
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