BIG BUSINESS You know a criminal enterprise is highly profitable when law enforcers are muscling in on the business. Lawmen have been implicated in kidnapping for ransom as well as robberies of banks and armored vans. And their involvement in drug trafficking has been one of the biggest stumbling blocks in every administration's anti-drug campaign. The problem needs to be tackled with a firm hand as the government announces an intensified campaign against drug trafficking. Public officials must wonder why confiscated drugs are being pilfered right inside the storerooms of law enforcement agencies. Sometimes the amount of drugs confiscated shrinks significantly in transit from the site of a drug bust to the police station. Who pilfers the drugs, and where do the stolen items end up? Such pilferage can happen only with the connivance or direct participation of law enforcers themselves. In one raid in Cavite, the suspected pilferer was a ranking police officer. The man remains a member of an anti-narcotics unit. Public officials must also wonder why notorious drug dealers keep eluding arrest during police raids and sting operations. When drug dealers do get caught, they manage to escape from jail - even from supposedly well-secured detention centers at Camp Crame, headquarters of the Philippine National Police. A recent report said drug traffickers are earning billions selling their products to an estimated 1.8 million drug abusers around the country. The drug abusers consume an average of 108,000 kilos of shabu each year, the report said. At a street price of about P2,000 per gram, that's P216 billion a year for drug traffickers. Such figures can be irresistible to crooked law enforcers. Authorities report that at least 249 police personnel have been dismissed or are facing criminal and administrative charges for involvement in the illicit drug trade. But that figure could be just a drop in the bucket. Authorities may keep confiscating piles of shabu for presentation to President Arroyo and the press. Unless the lawmen protecting this big business are purged, however, shabu and other prohibited drugs will continue to flood the country.