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P10,000 for 1 gram of shabu

Prices of illegal drugs have gone up.

This was disclosed by Caloocan City Anti-Illegal Drugs Chief Insp. Bernard Pagaduan in an exclusive interview yesterday.

“With the intensified anti-illegal drugs operation in the country, we received reports that the price of drugs has rapidly increased,” he said.

If before, shabu only costs P6,000 to P7,000 per five grams, now, it costs P10,000 per gram, Pagaduan said.

“We have confirmed this to drug users and pushers that we apprehended this week,” he said.

He said the price increase is a good indication of small demand on drugs due to the relentless anti-drug operations of the police.

Also putting a dent on the illegal drug trade is the mass surrender of drug offenders nationwide, according to Pagaduan.

“Those people who surrendered are more than willing to change because they even gave us names of big fishes,” he said.

“Illegal drug is somewhat the heart of all crimes,” Paga-duan said, explaining that many crimes are committed by people under the influence of illegal drugs.

In Caloocan, the crime rate went down along with other neighboring cities like Navotas, Valenzuela, and Malabon, Pagaduan said.

Pagaduan said they don’t want this development to go to waste as he appealed for full public support. (JEL SANTOS)