P1.7-B worth of illegal drugs seized this year


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The Philippine National Police says anti-drug raids caused the arrest of more than 6,000 people

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police has seized P1.7-B worth of illegal drugs in the first 5 months of the year, according to a statement it issued Tuesday, July 10.

This also resulted in the arrest of 6,124 drug offenders through raids, search operations and drug buy-bust activities, among others.

The most sensational of the raids includes the discovery of shabu laboratories in Barangay Potrero and Barangay Acacia in Malabon City, which yielded P109-M worth of shabu.

The statement also cited a police raid at a warehouse in Kaybiga, Caloocan City, which yielded drug-manufacturing equipment and packs of shabu worth P1-B.

The PNP filed 4,294 separate criminal charges against the arrested drug offenders.

The Philippines continues to be a hub of shabu and other illegal drugs in the region – both as a transit point and consumer. Porous borders, weak law enforcement and corruption in the courts have made the problem difficult to track and address. – Rappler.com


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