Party drug watched

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Monday, August 11, 2014

PARTY DRUG “ecstasy” has transformed into a deadlier compound called “fly-high or party” and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao Region is closely monitoring party places to check out dealers.

Emerson Rosales, regional director of the PDEA, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao on Monday, said that aside from conducting buy-bust and entrapment operation, they are also deploying some of their agents in various bars and clubs, restaurants, and other party places to check out suspected drug dealers.

Rosales said "fly-high or party" is reportedly gaining headway among clubs and party-goers. This drug, he said, comes in capsule forms of various colors and is a mix of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu).


Rosales also said that based on the national information, the chemicals used in the preparation of the new ecstasy are directly imported from one of the countries in Southeast Asia and delivered to the Philippines through bulk shipment on a weekly basis.

"Wala naman napabalita na may grupo or individual na nagbebenta ng ecstasy dito sa Davao Region but may mga ilang namimigay. We just want to make sure na hindi ito makapasok dito sa region, especially sa Davao City. So aside from the checkpoints, nag-deploy na rin kami ng tao sa mga bars," Rosales said.

"Ito kasing fly-high dahil masydao na advertise sa television akala nila okay, not knowing the effects of the fly-high na pwede nilang ikamatay, kasi gising ka nga and palagi kang active nito," he added.

Rosales issued such statement after its bureau and the Task Force Davao seized 50 sachets of suspected shabu worth P1.8 million and arrested three suspected drugs pushers at a checkpoint in Sirawan in Toril, Davao City on Sunday afternoon.

The suspects, Badrudin Pingguiaman Langalen, Abdulkarim Pingguiaman, and Sainudin P. Lidasan, were charged Monday with violation of Section 5 (Transportation of Dangerous Drugs) of the Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

When asked if the three suspects are members of a drug syndicate in Cotabato City, Rosales said: "Hindi naman masabi na syndicate pero ang modus nila is to transport drugs in volume in certain locations. They were actually heading to Davao City and Tagum City, mabuti na lang at nahuli natin sila."

Recovered from the possession of the suspects were 50 medium and big sachets of suspected shabu and their white Pajero with a plate number KFS-584. The seized drugs and vehicle are now under the custody of the PDEA, while the suspects are detained at Davao City Police Office (DCPO) jail facility.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 12, 2014.

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