Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chemists test samples of illegal methamphetamine hydrochloride, known locally as “shabu,” before disposing it at a waste management center in Cavite province on Tuesday. The estimated 5.78 kilograms of assorted illegal drugs and paraphernalia amounting to P2.25 billion were confiscated in Subic, Zambales, and Batangas.  (MNS photo)

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chemists test samples of illegal methamphetamine hydrochloride, known locally as “shabu,” before disposing it at a waste management center in Cavite province on Tuesday. The estimated 5.78 kilograms of assorted illegal drugs and paraphernalia amounting to P2.25 billion were confiscated in Subic, Zambales, and Batangas. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Jan 28 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Tuesday revealed new trends being used by big-time peddlers of illegal drug in manufacturing prohibited substances.

Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., PDEA Director General, said that anti-drug operatives have discovered during recent string of operations that illegal drug peddlers are now using ordinary kitchen utensils to cover their activities instead of the usual laboratory equipment.

Ordinary utensils like pestle and blender, Cacdac said, are being used in concocting Chinese “Viagra or ecstacy” and other new mixture of “fly-high” substances which caters to club and party-goers.

“They grind together shabu, ecstasy and Chinese Viagra called ‘Cialis’ using a mortar and pestle then pulverizing them further with a blender to become powder and repacked into capsules,” he said.

The new trend in the manufacturing of illegal substances was discovered following the recent arrest of three suspects and the seizure of ₱1-M worth of illegal drugs in a high-end condominium in Makati City on January 18.

To recall, ‘fly high’ was exposed by PDEA as a new variety of ecstasy on December 2013 after a buy-bust operation in Quezon City where 38 green capsules were seized. The capsules retrieved from the said operation were shabu-laced ecstasy only, whereas the drugs recovered from the operation in Makati Prime Tower, Makati City were mixed with Chinese “viagra.”

Three suspects were arrested, including a showbiz writer and an interior designer, while approximately 400 capsules of assorted dangerous drugs, 192 grams of shabu and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) or ecstasy were seized.

“Fly high consumers were identified as belonging to the high-end of society and the method used by drug syndicates in manufacturing new kinds of illegal drugs is alarming and very dangerous,” Cacdac said. (MNS)