The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Sunday said its agents had seized a total of P5.27-billion worth of shabu in the first quarter of 2019, the highest volume of illegal drugs confiscated in the history of drug law enforcement in the country.
PDEA director general Aaron Aquino said in the first quarter of 2019, the agency seized a total of 776.06 kilograms of shabu, surpassing the combined seizure of 672.42 kilograms of shabu worth P4.58 billion in the first quarters of 2009 to 2018.
“This is the highest recorded shabu seizure for the first three months of the year in PDEA history. It also more than doubled compared to the second highest first quarter seizure, which was recorded in 2015 with 314.47 kilograms worth P2.14 billion,” Aquino said.
He said the record seizure of shabu during the period was the result of a series of bulk volume seizure of shabu in Cavite, Muntinlupa, and Manila, where a total of 716 kilograms worth billions of pesos were seized.
Aquino said the 2,034 anti-drug operations conducted and the 2,818 drug personalities arrested by PDEA for the period were also the highest since 2009.
“This is an increase of 76.1 percent and 72.35 percent, respectively, compared to the same period in 2018,” Aquino said.
“The volume of seizures is an indication that we are conducting high-impact operation and hitting high-value targets,” he said.