U.S. government donated drug detection devices to PDEA

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  • The PDEA received several drug detection devices from the USDEA
  • The hand-held devices can detect up to 370 kinds of illicit drugs
  • PDEA-RO7 director Yogi Ruiz described the devices as better than K-9 units

The United States government though the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (USDEA) has donated several units of drug detection devices to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

According to the Philippine News Agency, the USDEA turned over several units of the drug detectors to the PDEA assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG). The devices are expected to boost the drug interdiction capabilities of the country’s premier airports.

The turn over ceremony and the signing of the deed of donation was held at the NAIA Training Room, NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City on Tuesday, August 29.

The PDEA in Central Visayas also received P4.5 million worth of drug detector kits from USDEA, according to Sun Star.

PDEA-RO7 Director Yogi Ruiz described the equipment as better than K-9 units as they can detect all kinds of narcotics and can be used 24 hours a day.

“The detectors work better than K9 units because canines are fallible, they get tired depending on the weather or during travel,” Ruiz said