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‘Seized shabu in Metro Manila same as missing drugs in lifters’

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday insisted that there was a link between the shabu intercepted in Metro Manila and Maguindanao the and billions of pesos worth of shabu inside magnetic lifters seized at the Manila International Container Port on Aug. 7, saying they came from the same source.

At Camp Crame in Quezon City, Derrick Carreon, PDEA public information officer, echoed PDEA director general Aaron Aquino’s claim that the “same profile of drug samples means same source, same manufacturer and same method used in the production of the illegal drug.”

The PDEA said that the illegal drugs intercepted from Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City; at Ronquillo Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila; in Maguindanao in Mindanao and at the MICP have a correlation value of .99.

“You could see there a semblance,” Carreon said.

According to Carreon, the PDEA employed impurity drug profiling which he explained as a scientific tool that applies chemical and physical techniques to determine if a relation exists between illicit drug seizures and the significance of such relationship.

A similarity match or strong correlation of samples where the correlation value is greater or equal to 0.98 (range is 0.98-1.0) obtained from a statistical tool and cluster analysis, meaning they (drugs) came from the same manufacturer and same method of production.

“We are preparing cases,” Carreon told the Manila Standard.

He said there are other suspects in the shipment of shabu “who still remain at large.”

“We are conducting pursuit operations against them,” he added.

He said PDEA’s regional offices at the National Capital Region, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon) have been tasked to file appropriate charges and go after those who have managed to elude arrest.

PDEA earlier said the shabu came from Taiwan, with Malaysia as the transshipment point.

The anti-drug agency chief said the Chinese syndicates operating in the Golden Triangle area of Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos and Myanmar) are believed to be behind the illegal drug shipment.

Topics: Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency , shabu , Manila International Container Port , Derrick Carreon
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