PAMPANGA, Philippines – For two years, Chinese nationals have been living in an isolated house with a large stockroom in the middle of an agricultural area in Barangay San Isidro in Magalang town to raise hogs.
On Wednesday, September 7, the real objective of choosing to live in a rural area several kilometers away from Magalang town proper appeared to be revealed.
It turned out that the piggery and the stockroom filled with hog feeds are just cover for the underground methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) laboratory.
The Pampanga police identified 5 of the arrested suspects. They are:
- Luey Wang, 28
- Philip Chang, 31
- Wans Shi Tzu, 42
- Alvin Wang, 41
- Susan Wang
Two additional male suspects refused to give their names.
Wilkins Villanueva, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-National Capital Region (PDEA-NCR), said they learned about the illegal activity of the foreigners two months ago and then conducted surveillance operations.
Last September 6, the PDEA-NCR obtained a search warrant from the Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court Branch 26 Vice Executive Judge Johnmuel Romano Mendoza against 6 persons with aliases Alvin, Kenneth, Philip, Ate, James, Lao and Tiu, all residents of Purok 5, Barangay San Ildefonso, Magalang, Pampanga for violation of Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The village is known to locals as Balitucan.
The warrant directed peace officers to find and seize an undetermined quantity of shabu; equipment, instruments, pieces of apparatus for dangerous drugs, a Mitsubishi Outlander (RGU-866), and a Nissan Navarra with conduction sticker no. IJ 8617 believed to be used in transporting the chemicals, equipment, and apparatus, as well as dangerous drugs.
During the raid, PDEA and the police seized some two kilograms of shabu, which has an estimated street value of P6 million, according to Villanueva. The two vehicles mentioned in the search warrant were also seized.
The shabu laboratory is located in the basement of the hog feeds stockroom. It could only be accessed through a secret door.
Based on PDEA’s assessment, police also said the laboratory “can produce 30 to 100 kilos of shabu per week.”
Villanueva said shabu being manufactured in the laboratory was probably being sold locally.
“Parang for research and development itong laboratory na ito. Puro Chinese ang mga ito (arrested suspects). Defintely member ng transnational drug trafficking organization na Chinese cell. We believe na for research itong ginagawa nila. Tine-testing nila ‘yung gawa nila para makagawa sila ng mas malakihan kaya may makikita tayong mga malalaking mga apparatus diyan para pang-malakihan na,” he said.
(The laboratory appears to be for research and development. Those arrested were Chinese. Definitely members of transnational drug trafficking organizations, with a Chinese cell. We believe they’re doing this for research. They’re testing what they’re making so they can create larger batches, which is why they had large pieces of apparatus for large-scale operations.)
Villanueva said PDEA will check if the arrested Chinese are related to the Chinese nationals earlier arrested in Las Piñas, Paranaque, and Angeles City.
‘Iba-backtrack natin kung may kaugnayan sila sa mga nauna na nating nahuling mga Chinese. Apparently kasi mga two years na sila dito (San Ildefonso village) at nagma-manufacture na ng shabu. Ayan na ang mga ebidensya na nagawa nila,” he said.
(We’ll backtrack to see if they’re connected to previously arrested Chinese. Apparently, they’ve been here for two years manufacturing shabu. There’s the evidence of what they’ve done). – Rappler.com
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