Over $89 billion in illegal drugs seized in 6 years

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AUTHORITIES have seized a total of 89.29 billion pesos worth of narcotics across the country since the Duterte administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs began in mid-2016.

In its latest real figures as of April 30 and released on Sunday, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said the items included 76.55 billion pesos worth of shabu.

Authorities destroyed 8,177.79 kilograms (kg) of shabu, 4,226.08 kg of marijuana, 21.93 kg of ecstasy, 534.20 kg of cocaine and 3,483.67 kg of other dangerous drugs.

A total of 1,156 drug dens and 19 shabu labs were also dismantled from July 2016 to April 2022.

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During this time, 15,096 High Value Targets (HVTs) across the country have been arrested – 6,768 HVTs from high impact operations, 4,043 suspects targeted, 1,670 drug den managers, 797 group leaders/members drugs, 529 government employees, 402 elected officials, 364 foreigners, 295 on wanted lists, 126 uniformed personnel, 78 members of armed groups and 24 eminent personalities.

Authorities also arrested 341,494 other people involved in illegal drugs.

The 4,372 minors arrested include 2,635 dealers, 1,004 possessors, 453 users, 246 drugstore visitors, 10 drugstore managers, 18 drugstore employees, three growers, one laboratory employee and two runners.

The rescued miners, after legal proceedings, were handed over to Bahay Pag-asa reform centers in local government units, before being handed over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

At least 25,061 of the 42,045 villages have been drug free, 6,574 are drug free and 10,410 have yet to be drug free.

The villages acquire the status of drug dealer after the delivery of a certification by the members of the monitoring committee.

The consolidated report showed that 6,248 suspects died during 236,620 anti-illegal drug operations.

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