Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Cops Vow To Fight Drug Menace In Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Ben Balce / 29 Mar) Police on Wednesday vowed to step up the government's anti-illegal drug campaign in Northern Mindanao and warned syndicates to stop their nefarious activities or end up in jails.

Senior Supt. Danilo Empedrad, Northern Mindanao police deputy regional director for administration, said the campaign against illegal drugs will continue as he urged the public to help authorities fight the menace of society.

Empedrad said the police recently destroyed some P30 million worth of confiscated chemicals and laboratory equipment used in the manufacture of shabu.

He lauded the members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other law enforcement groups for their dedication to their jobs that led to the confiscation of illegal drugs in the region.

“The destruction of the illegal drug substance and laboratory equipment is part of the relentless effort by the government to eradicate the distribution of illegal drugs in Northern Mindanao. We commend the good work of our law enforcers and keep it up," he told policemen here.

Rene Orbe, PDEA regional director, said the chemicals they burned were among those confiscated from a warehouse in the village of Cugman here.

"We destroyed almost 1, 30 kilos of chemical substance used as main ingredients in the manufacture of shabu, these are composed of black powder, white flakes and sodium hydroxide. And 2,849 bottles of acetone chloroform and other liquid chemicals," he told the Zamboanga Journal.

Empedrad also said the illegal chemicals could have supplied the entire region and destroy many lives had it was not confiscated by the police.

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