PDEA vows to step up crackdown vs high-value targets nationwide PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 January 2014 18:14

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) vowed on Saturday to step up its campaign to pursue high-value targets (HVTs) through high-impact operations nationwide.

“We are just continuing what we have started. These targeted drug personalities have already been identified, and their arrests would only be a matter of time,” PDEA Director General and Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. said in a statement.

He said that all the resources of the agency are geared towards the neutralization of high-value targets involved in illegal drug activities, including priority targets, local drug group leaders and members, government officials and employees, law enforcers, foreign nationals, celebrities and other well-known personalities, and members of heavily-armed drug groups.

“Thus, we are launching anti-drug operations of greater degree to dismantle clandestine shabu laboratories, chemical warehouses, drug dens and shabu ‘tiangges’, eradicate marijuana plantation sites, prevent drug trafficking in airports and seaports, and confiscate high-volume of dangerous drugs and eventually arrest the HVTs under our radar,” Cacdac said.

In 2013, PDEA and other law enforcement agencies (OLEAs) conducted a total of 340 high-impact operations which resulted in the arrest of 1,331 drug personalities classified as high-value targets, including 132 government officials and employees, and 78 priority drug leaders and members.

“Seventy-three foreign nationals considered to be HVTs were also arrested during the period. Among the apprehended aliens, Chinese nationals still topped the list with 36, along with two Chinese drug financiers and a chemist,” Cacdac said.

For the period, one clandestine shabu laboratory, 94 drug dens and seven shabu and marijuana “tiangges were dismantled, shutting down the source and the operation of one-stop shop facilities for drug users where dangerous drugs were delivered, stored, distributed, sold and administered.

In addition, PDEA and OLEAs confiscated a total of 834 kilograms of shabu worth approximately P4.6 billion in 2013, seven times more than the shabu seizures in 2012 and the combined volume of confiscated shabu in the last four years.

Anti-drug law authorities also orchestrated 50 marijuana eradication operations, sweeping 419 plantation sites resulting in the destruction of marijuana plants and seedlings worth P471 million, compared to the 188 illegal hemp cultivation sites eradicated in 2012, the highest since 2002.

The PDEA chief said, “The arrest of high-value targets has confirmed their participation in the bulk distribution of illegal drugs in the country, resulting to the high volume seizures of the same.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 January 2014 18:15