PNP has 1 ton of illegal drugs in its custody

MANILA-- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has one ton of illegal drugs in its custody.

Supt. Victor Grapete, chief of the Chemistry Division of the PNP Crime Lab, in a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Tuesday, said they are now keeping almost one ton of illegal drugs in their evidence room.

Grapete said the evidence room of the crime laboratory is almost overflowing with the huge volume of illegal drugs in their custody.

The illegal drugs in their custody were accumulated, he said, because over the years there were no order issued by court directing them to dispose them.

In fact, Grapete said, they still have a case dated back in 1977, but until now, the case is not yet terminated, hence, they could not yet dispose of the evidence.

The bulk of the illegal drugs is methamphetamine hydrochloride or "shabu", which were confiscated by different units of the PNP.

Grapete stressed that it was in 2015 when the biggest batch in their custody came in, which consisted of 44 kilograms of shabu.

The PNP official assured that the one ton of shabu in their custody is safe and secured from "looting" and "recycling".

He pointed out that the confiscated drugs could not be easily accessed such that the evidence room has three keys.

Source: Philippines News Agency