Cebu City police laud seizure of party drugs

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THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) lauded the successful anti-illegal drug operation that led to the confiscation of almost 3,000 ecstasy tablets and the arrest of suspect Lunel Garcia Paden in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City on Monday, July 18, 2022.

The name of Paden was indicated in the package as the consignee of the drug shipment coming from Netherlands.

As a result, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Central Visayas, conducted a "controlled delivery operation" against Paden and arrested him when he was about to receive the box containing the ecstasy drugs amounting to more than P6 million.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for administration of the CCPO, admitted that illegal drug transaction involving ecstasy tablets is very hard to detect, as this is done in expensive bars and its customers are mostly wealthy individuals, unlike shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), which even an ordinary people can afford to buy in the streets.

Based on police monitoring, the selling of ecstasy drugs is mostly done in high-end bars frequented by well-off individuals.

Parilla said they also received information that ecstasy tablets are also being sold in party venues, such as condo units, where only authorized partygoers are allowed to enter.

Parilla said the seizure of ecstasy tablets in Pasil was a big accomplishment, as this has been done even before the drugs have reached the market.

“Usually sa mga namaligya ani, they will not sell it unless kung kaila gyud sila, mao na nga lisud sa amoang part to arrest them and it's good nga ang PDEA they have contacts sa source pa lang daan, nadakpan na sya wala siya ma distribute,” Parilla said.

(Usually ecstasy dealers will not sell the drugs unless they know their customers, so it's hard on our part to arrest them and it's good that PDEA have contacts and arrested the source before he could distribute the drugs).

Aside from PDEA, the operation was also conducted by the Bureau of Customs and Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The PDEA-Central Visayas warned that taking this kind of party drug is dangerous to human health, as there have been incidents in Cebu City where people died due to overdose, including 19-year-old Ashley Abad, who reportedly died after she collapsed at a dance party on January 20, 2019 after taking the party drug.

Abad was with her boyfriend, Nel Spencer Tiu, and six friends during the party held on the eve of Sinulog.

Tiu denied he was the one who gave ecstasy to Abad. (AYB, TPT)

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