Cordillera police pushes drive against illegal drugs on suspected laboratories

December 17, 2010 1:59 pm 

BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 17 — The Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) anti-drug task force continues its drive against illegal drugs in the region, especially in suspected laboratories of marijuana derivatives.

Police Supt. Glenn Lonogan, head of the task force said lawmen are still trying to pinpoint the location of suspected "hashish" laboratory which could either be in the provinces of Mountain Province, Kalinga or Benguet.

He disclosed that aside from marijuana plantations raided by operatives in the previous years, some of the seized items included "hashish" (a potent derivative of marijuana), marijuana bricks, shabu (mentapenaminehydrochloride), and cocaine.

"We have no cocaine laboratories in the Cordilleras but we suspect that they might exist in the lowland provinces including Pangasinan and La Union," he said.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Edgar Apalla of the Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) also believes that the drug problem in the region could be an effect of a "transnational drug operations".

Apalla said in previous arrests made by PDEA, foreigners like Nigerians and Malaysians were involved.

Both police officers believe that more vigorous education campaign on the ills of drugs which is now being undertaken by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)and the Philippines News Agency (PNA) could greatly help in combating menace brought by the use and deals with illegal drugs. (PNA) LOR/AAG/aag

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