PDEA 8 set to destroy drug evidence on May 25
Tacloban City (May 14) -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will cause the destruction of drug evidence on May 25, 2010, at 8:30 in the morning, at the Balyuan Convention Center Grounds in Tacloban City.
PDEA 8 Regional Director Julius R. Navales informed that to be included in the burning are the sixty-seven (67) bricks of cocaine which are still in the custody of PDEA 8.
Also included in the burning are undetermined amount of methamphetamine hydrochloride popularly known as shabu, marijuana and other drugs obtained from anti-drug operations which have been cleared for destruction by the courts, pursuant to Section 21 Article II of Republic Act 9165 and Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 1 Series of 2002, Director Navales added.
The drug materials that will be burned and destructed were evidences of cases filed that were already given a court decision. Under Section 21 of RA 9165, it is mandated that all the drug evidences that was given court decision should be turned-over to PDEA for proper disposal.
Director Navales said the destruction of these prohibited drugs is part of the agency?s standard operating procedure so that this substance could no longer be of use or sold.
Expected to witness the burning or destruction are members of the PDEA 8, Philippine National Police, other stakeholders and members of the local tri-media. (PIA 8) [top]