- PDEA XI advises public to deal only with trusted online food vendors
THE PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI warned against buying Christmas baked goods like cakes and cookies online as they might be spiked with marijuana.
During Wednesday’s AFP-PNP press briefing held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel, PDEA XI regional director Naravy Duquiatan said they received reports about the online marketplace being made a venue for selling THC-infused food.
“We have been monitoring marijuana powder and we have information that it is used to make cakes and cookies,” Duquiatan said.
She said marijuana-laced powder is not new but they received intelligence reports that it is making a comeback.
“We would like to inform the public to be careful with regards to ordering food online (especially) from non-business registered stores because we don’t know what ingredients they are using,” she further said.
When asked for the motivation of these stores in selling drugged treats, she said the purpose is to drive up sales.
“If you order food from them and you get addicted, you will always buy from them, which increases their sales,” she said, explaining that consumers tend to ignore the expensive selling price once they are hooked to the products.
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