PDEA alarmed over use of kids in drug trade
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has expressed concern over the continued use of unsuspecting children in illegal drug trades.
According to PDEA director general Arturo Cacdac, Jr., such activity continues to persist, citing a recent incident involving a Grade 3 student in Bacolod City who was unaware that she was carrying illegal drugs inside her school bag.
Cacdac said the elementary student saw the sachet of illegal drugs wrapped in a paper when it fell from her notebook. A note and the cost of illegal drug were even written on the paper, probably addressed to the person who was intending to use it.
Cacdac said the PDEA has even received reports that some pushers and traffickers are using babies for their illegal activities.
"Drug pushers are getting more brazen and creative by the day. They never cease to figure out ways to get away with their illicit transactions, even using innocent children as unwitting couriers, and public establishments like schools, to transport and sell illegal drugs," Cacdac said.
To protect children from being used as conduits, Cacdac said the PDEA will create help desks in its regional offices that will focus solely on cases involving women and children.
Watch-listed drug pushing couple nabbed
Meanwhile, Cacdac reported that the PDEA was able to arrest a notorious watch-listed drug pushing couple in Daet, Camarines Norte last Thursday.
The suspects were identified as Modesta Villareal, 46, and her husband Rodel Villareal, 48.
Among the items recovered by the PDEA agents from the couple’s house were 36 pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, an estimated P180,000 and several drug paraphernalia.
The confiscated pieces of drug evidence were brought to Daet, Camarines Norte PNP Crime Laboratory for quantitative examination.
The couple will be facing appropriate charges for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.