LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional director Juvenal Azurin told reporters here that crystallized methamphetamine, locally known as shabu, remains to be the most abused drug in the Cordilleras.
Azurin said that shabuhas been preferred now by drug users rather marijuana claiming that drug users have evolved to shabu and that drug users only resort to marijuana when they are broke.
He said that shabu is being sold at P100 for a gram and that truck drivers and students remain the target of drug dealers in the region.
The supply of shabu in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) reportedly comes from Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Ilocos, and from some parts of Central Luzon.
PDEA-CAR reported that for the first four months of 2016, some 80.2443 grams of shabu was confiscated in Baguio; 61.708 grams in Kalinga; 30.803grams in Abra; 5.9717 grams in Benguet; 6.45 grams in Mountain Province; 3.91grams in Ifugao and .376 grams in Apayao.
The Cordilleras on the other hand, supplies marijuana to Cagayan Valley, La Union, and Ilocos Sur.
Marijuana users prefer the buntot-pusa (cat tail) variety—a marijuana fruiting tops which produce resin oil—over the regular marijuana variety .