Government’s anti-narcotics operatives have destroyed a total of 853 drug dens and shabu laboratories from June 2016 to July 2021 as part of the Duterte administration’s intensified drug war campaign, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said in its report.
In PDEA’s latest “Real Numbers’’ data, 835 drug dens and 18 clandestine shabu laboratories were dismantled where various illegal drugs amounting to P62.22 billion were confiscated
PDEA spokesperson Derrick Arnold Carreon said the haul included 8,134.61 kilograms of shabu valued at P51.33 billion.
The report also stated that a total of 12,849 high-value targets (HVTs) in the country were arrested since the start of the Duterte administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs from July 1, 2016 to July 31, 2021.
The figure includes 5,443 HVTs arrested from high impact operations, 3,634 target-listed suspects, 1,291 drug den maintainers, 784 drug group leaders/members, 494 government employees, 388 elected officials, 319 foreigners, 283 included on wanted lists, 119 uniformed personnel, 72 armed group members and 22 prominent personalities.
Authorities also arrested 303,154 individuals involved in illegal drugs during the period.
As of July 2021, the report revealed that 6,182 drug suspects were killed in the 210,312 anti-illegal drug operations.
From July 2016 to July 2021, authorities also arrested 3,869 minors aged four to 17 broken down as follows 2,276 pushers, 937 possessors, 424 users, 203 visitors of drug den, nine drug den maintainers, 15 drug den employees, two cultivators, one clan lab employee and two runners.
At least 22,585 out of the 42,05 barangays (villages) were declared drug-cleared as of July 2021.
These barangays have reached drug-cleared status after the issuance of a certification by members of the Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug-Clearing Program.
The agency assured that the health and safety of its agents are prioritized in anti-drug operations. (Chito A. Chavez)