Friday, March 23, 2018

Tommy Osmeña wants to destroy drugs once confiscated by cops. Here’s why

All illegal drugs should be disposed once seized.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas “Tommy” Osmeña wanted to require local cops to publicly destroy any illegal substances which they confiscate from across the city within a week after a raid or sting operation is done. It’s so they can avoid the recycling or recirculation of the drugs once they fall on the wrong hands.

“Current practice with the police is to keep the confiscated material until it can be presented for trial. This can take years. In the meantime, the inventory is at risk of “disappearing” and resources that can be used for better purposes elsewhere are being wasted trying to keep that from happening,” Osmeña said.

Instead, the politiko is proposing to have the drugs certified to be such before a court judge, with the certification to be used for criminal proceedings rather than having to store the substance as the trial progresses. Unfortunately, Osmeña found out that such a strategy needs a law, so he is raising the plan to Cebuano congressmen for legislative action.

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