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Sec. Año Urges Police to Intensify Searches of Illegal Herbs Arriving in the Country

Police officers must intensify searches and checkpoints as illegal herbs or “Mary Jane” is being transported to Metro Manila and nearby regions.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Wednesday, urges police officers to be alert and carefully search for illegal herbs at checkpoints. This because Mary Janes are being used as alternative drugs aside from “shabu.”

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According to his statement said on GMA Unang Balita, those checkpoints need to be intensified because these groups mix illegal herbs with finished products and store them in car seat compartments. He added that those drug pushers have innovations and initiatives in their job.

“Kailangang paigtingin iyong mga checkpoint na iyan kasi magaling itong mga grupo na ito. Inihahalo nila sa mga finished products at itinatago sa seat compartments ng sasakyan,” said Año when asked about his advice on those being delivered from Mountain province to Metro Manila and its nearby regions.

“Alam mo marami silang innovations, initiatives so kailangan talaga sa mga checkpoints natin at iyong intelligence dapat paigtingin,” the interior secretary added.

Over the past few months, drug-related crimes never decreased despite the global coronavirus pandemic. Suspects still smuggle illegal drugs on quarantine and border checkpoints.

Aside from drug pushers themselves, they also hire app delivery services to continue their operation. It is because delivery services are exempted in checkpoints, they don’t need to present any document. However, due to police officers’ expert skills, they are still arrested.

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