THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday morning destroyed P2.67 billion worth of dangerous drugs at the Integrated Waste Management, Inc. (IWMI), Barangay Aguado, Trece Martirez City, Cavite.
Destroyed through thermal decomposition were a total of 1,677,021.07 grams, or 1.6 metric tons of assorted pieces of drug evidence composed of methamphetamine hydrochloride (“shabu”), liquid shabu, ketamine, marijuana, ephedrine, aziridine, norephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and expired medicines.
PDEA said thermal decomposition is the process by which various compounds are broken down into single units by the application of heat wherein reconstruction of the substances is impossible.
“Majority of the burned shabu were seized from two storage facilities in San Fernando, Pampanga on September 12, 2014,” PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. said.
He added that the destruction of illegal drugs on Thursday was also the highest since he took over PDEA’s leadership in October 2012.
“We want the public to witness the destruction of dangerous drugs seized by drug enforcement officers in order to allay apprehensions that these illicit substances are being reused, recycled or sold back in the streets,” he told the media.