By Chito Chavez
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Aaron Aquino asked the online shopping sites and app-based delivery services operators to check and screen their clients as illegal drug transactions may possibly be coursed through them.
Aquino stressed that online shopping sites should be responsible enough to determine what items are being run through their grasp.
Currently, PDEA has been extensively conducting a probe to determine if these sites and apps are being utilized for the sale of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and other related contrabands.
In a press conference, Aquino said PDEA agents have seized tooters from arrested suspects Juan Carlos Reyes Antonio, a licensed pharmacist, and Nilo Manipon Ramirez, Jr., a registered nurse.
Tooters are glass test tube-like drug paraphernalia used by the users to inhale smoke coming from shabu which is being slowly burned through an aluminum foil through an improvised stove or lighter.
Both suspects were nabbed in two separate operations on Thursday in Pasig City and Quezon City, respectively.
Aquino said the suspects claimed the tooters seized from the suspects were allegedly obtained from online shopping sites.
“If drug paraphernalia can be bought from online shopping sites, it is also possible that illegal drugs are also being sold online,’’ Aquino said.
Both suspects admitted later on to Aquino that they used app-based courier services in their illegal drug transactions.