PDEA airs concern over online purchase of illegal drugs

By Reinir Padua, The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 06 2014 09:31 AM | Updated as of Apr 06 2014 05:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)expressed concern yesterday over the online selling and purchasing of “fly-high” tablets, which contain both shabu and the party drug ecstasy.

PDEA director general Arturo Cacdac Jr. said the ongoing trend in the illegal drug trade using electronic commerce (e-commerce) could also send dangerous drugs to an address virtually anywhere in the world.

Cacdac made the disclosure following the arrest of Indian Prabhjot Gill, 18, after he reportedly sold 223 orange fly-high tablets to an undercover agent along Taft Avenue in Manila on March 24.

“Gill is reportedly a major distributor of ‘fly-high’ and ecstasy in Metro Manila and some parts of Central Luzon. He is also responsible for the bulk of said illegal drugs sold during a recently held international music festival in Pampanga,” Cacdac said.

Investigators said that before his arrest, Gill bought 500 ecstasy tablets from an online black market website that shipped the illegal drugs into the country from the Netherlands through parcel post.

On April 2, a team of agents from PDEA and the Bureau of Customs intercepted Gill’s package of 500 ecstasy tablets – with a street value of P750,000 – at the Manila Central Post Office.

“Drug dealers have taken advantage of Internet and other computer network technology in selling and delivery of illegal drugs through online marketplaces. We need to find ways and means to dampen this method of drug trafficking,” Cacdac said.