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Rising number of Filipinos involved in drug trade alarms Philippine gov't

(Xinhua)

16:34, July 13, 2012

MANILA, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government expressed alarm over the increase in the number of female involved in illegal drug trade particularly in drug pushing.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director general Jose Gutierrez, Jr. said that based on the consolidated data of the agency, 213 females involved in the drug trade have been arrested since January.

Of those arrested, 135 were suspected to be pushers, 51 had drugs in their possession, while 16 were drug users.

Recently, Gutierrez said three more females involved in drug trafficking were arrested in separate "buy-bust" operations of the PDEA.

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