CITY of SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: A Chinese believed to be a member of a transnational drug syndicate was arrested on Friday in a warehouse inside a subdivision in Angeles City where an estimated P103 million worth of shabu was seized.
Central Luzon Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-3) Regional Director Emerson Margate identified the Chinese as Yiye Chen.
Margate said Chen is connected with the 14-K drug syndicate operating in the Philippines.
“We have been monitoring Chen for a month through a confidential agent and we finally caught him in the rented house that was converted into a warehouse,” he said.
At about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, joint operatives of PDEA-3 and PDEA-National Capital Region swooped down on the warehouse in 6-7 Jasmine Street, Hensonville in Barangay Malabanias, Angeles City.
They found 30 kilos of shabu were packed in 25 zip lock plastic bags, a black plastic bag containing suspected shabu, two heat-sealed transparent sachets containing brownish substance, one orange plastic container with liquid shabu in it and one rectangular plastic bin containing a brownish substance.
In May this year, more than P1 billion worth of shabu was also discovered in a raid in Villa Dolores, also in Angeles City but the suspect, identified only by his alias Chang, eluded arrest.
Margate, said there is no evidence yet to show that Chen and Chang are connected.
Chen is currently detained at the PDEA-NCR Jail facility in Quezon City for further investigation and will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Two shabu laboratories were also shut down in Angeles City last year.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force from Camp Crame uncovered about 14 containers of illegal substance for making shabu worth P1.9 billion in Santa Marcela town in Apayao province.
The Task Force said the illegal substance, suspected to be Toluine and of about 300 liters, were believed to be part of the chemicals recovered in a warehouse that served as shabu laboratory in Lasam town, Cagayan province in 2015.
The warehouse reportedly served as a drop off point for supplies in Cagayan Valley.
The raid in Lasam on February 26, 2015 yielded a stash of liquid shabu with an estimated street value of P1.9 billion. It resulted in the arrest of the town’s former mayor, Orlino Agatep Sr.; Benjamin Chua, a former barangay chairman in Gattaran town, and their other cohorts – Joey Peralta, Nelson Mallari and George Cortez.
WITH LEANDER C. DOMINGO AND PATRICK ROXAS