CHEMICALS and laboratory equipment intended for the production of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, valued at P2,258,845.20 were destroyed on Friday by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
They had been ordered by a court to be destroyed.
The PDEA director general, Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. said a total of 993.50 liters of liquid chemicals (composed of diphenylmetyhane, ethanol, formic acid, hydrochloric acid, methanol and sulfuric acid) and 169,721 grams of solid chemicals (composed of ammonium formate, magnesium sulfate, activated carbon, iodine, red phosphorus and sodium hydroxide) were disposed off chemically.
The laboratory equipment–heating mantles, electric burner, thermometer, separatory funnel, hot plate, iron stand, condenser, beaker and glassware– confiscated during anti-drug operations were smashed to prevent them from being used again.
The destruction of the shabu chemicals and laboratory equipment was held at Green Planet Management Inc. in Barangay Punturin, Valenzuela City, Metro Manila, a facility accredited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“In the spirit of transparency and accountability, PDEA will continue to regularly conduct activities to destroy illegal drugs, chemicals, drug paraphernalia and laboratory equipment right before the probing eyes of the public. This will eliminate any misconception that these pieces of drug and non-drug evidence are being recycled for other purposes,” Cacdac said.
During the first half of 2014, P1.8-billion worth of dangerous drugs were destroyed.