OLONGAPO CITY: Four Chinese, arrested in a raid on a suspected floating shabu laboratory anchored off Subic Bay waters, pleaded not guilty during arraignment on Friday for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The arrested suspects–Wing Fai Lo, 42; Chan Kwok Tung, 28; Shu Fook Leung, 49; and Kam Wah Kwok, 47–were arraigned before the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 75 under Presiding Judge Raymond Viray.
Speaking through an interpreter from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), the four entered a not-guilty plea on the charges against them.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drug Group (AIDG) operatives on June 11 raided a 50-meter fishing vessel anchored off Barangay Calapandayan in Subic town and found one-half kilo of shabu estimated at P2.5 million and a hydro-generator set capable of producing 50 kilos of the illegal substance in a single cycle.
Authorities said the Chinese, believed to be chemists, may have arrived in the country by plane and ferried to the boat some two kilometers off the coastline.
PNP-AIDG officials said materials used to manufacture shabu were imported into the country and prepared inside the vessel.
The illegal drug was then picked up from the boat, with the connivance of some fishermen, and delivered to drug traders.
The vessel was reportedly also used for the distribution of the illegal drug in various parts of Luzon, particularly the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Pangasinan and Subic, Zambales.
The PNP-AIDG escorted the suspects to the court for their arraignment and later turned them over to Bureau of Jail Management and Penology officers in Olongapo City.
The next hearing was set on August 26.