Cops cordon off alleged shabu lab in Laguna
SAN PEDRO, Laguna — Local authorities and anti-narcotics agents have cordoned off a warehouse suspected to be used by a Taiwanese drug syndicate to manufacture shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) inside a subdivision here on Monday morning, police said.
Elements of the San Pedro municipal station and personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have barricaded the bungalow warehouse inside the Amante Subdivision in Barangay (village) Nueva as early as 5 a.m., said Superintendent Sergio Dimandal, town police chief.
Dimandal said they were still waiting for the release of the search warrant from the local court for them to legally enter the establishment.
He said they received information that the place was being utilized as a shabu factory by a big drug syndicate.
“We don’t want to bungle our court case against the members of the drug syndicate that’s why we’re being careful not to be cited for mere technicalities,” Dimandal told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, parent company of INQUIRER.net.
Superintendent Raul Bargamento, PDEA-Calabarzon chief, said the information about the shabu laboratory came from suspected drug lord Tony Tan Go, the Taiwanese national who supposedly ran the illegal drug factory in nearby Biñan town which was accidentally discovered by policemen last Friday.
Bargamento said Go was arrested on Sunday when he went back to the apartment he rented in Barangay San Antonio which he used to produce shabu.
“During interrogation, the Taiwanese national admitted that they also used this warehouse in their operations. But we still don’t have any idea what’s inside,” he said.
Police recovered hundreds of kilos of chemical precursor for shabu which could produce over one thousand kilos of the said illegal drugs worth over P4 billion from the apartment in Biñan.
The apartment unit is owned by an active police general assigned in Central Luzon, police said.