The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Police Regional Office-6 are verifying if there are bakeries in Western Visayas using the banned poppy seeds in their bread.
Senator Vicente Sotto III, former chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board, recently asked for the banning of poppy seeds saying they are precursors of the dangerous drugs source – the opium poppy plant.
Sotto said the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 defines as illegal all species of opium poppy or substances derived from it.
PDEA Regional Director Paul Ledesma and Police Regional Office 6 Director Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol said poppy seeds, which are derivatives of the opium plant, are hallucinogen and mostly used as ingredients in making bread.
They said that, so far, they have not monitored any bakeshop in the region that uses poppy seeds and if there are any, the owners could be charged for possession of illegal drugs.
Ledesma and Querol both urged the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Ports Authority to strengthen their security measures against illegal drugs.
Querol also said that the marijuana supply in the region comes from Luzon, as there are no marijuana plantations in Western Visayas.*APN