61 PUV Drivers and Drivers Test Positive for Illegal Drugs Ahead of Holy Week │ GMA News Online

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A total of 61 drivers, conductors and dispatchers of public utility vehicles tested positive for illegal drugs ahead of Holy Week, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Saturday.

The PDEA said at least 4,210 people were screened during the agency’s nationwide implementation of Oplan Harabas on Friday in light of the expected influx of Holy Week travellers.

The agency said drug tests were carried out at major bus, jeepney, tricycle and public utility vehicle (PUV) terminals nationwide.

A total of 27 tricycle drivers, 10 jeepney drivers, 11 bus drivers, seven van drivers, five conductors and one dispatcher tested positive for the use of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, and marijuana.

“These drivers [who] who test positive for drug use in a confirmatory test will not be permitted to travel and their licenses will be confiscated by the Land Transportation Office (LTO),” the PDEA said in a statement.

“They must undergo appropriate intervention and reformation programs which will be provided by their respective local Drug Abuse Control Councils (BADAC) before getting their licenses back,” he added.

The PDEA also conducted K9 scanning operations at public transportation terminals, including high-risk airports and seaports across the country, to detect illegal drugs carried by passengers. —News VBL, GMA

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