Some 45 gallons of liquid shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with an estimated value of P1.1 billion were seized in a raid at a posh subdivision in Angeles City, Pampanga on Tuesday, considered one of the biggest hauls in the province in two years.
The authorities also confiscated crystalline white substance suspected to be processed shabu weighing about two kilograms. The value is yet to be determined, as an inventory of the seized items is being conducted.
Senior Supt. Leonardo Suan, deputy director of the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, said the gallons of liquid chemicals were recovered in a rented house being used as shabu laboratory on Don Vicente Street, Villa Dolores Subdivision.
He added that the liquid shabu crystallizes when stored in a freezer.
No arrest was made as no one was in the house when the raiding team swooped down on the suspected illegal drugs laboratory.
Central Luzon Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Director Gladys Rosales said joint forces of the PDEA-3 and the Angeles City Anti-Illegal Drug Group (AIDG) carried out the raid following a tip from an informant.
Rosales said the laboratory is being maintained by one alias “Chang,” a Chinese.
Witnesses said the house occupants were last seen only in the evening some two weeks ago. Some officers of Villa Dolores Homeowners Association said the house was often locked up that they had difficulty collecting rent from the foreigners who were often not around.
The house was used to be owned by action star Robin Padilla, but was later sold to lawyer Orlando Pangilinan 10 years ago.
Pangilinan told authorities that Chang’s group rented the house in July last year saying they were to study in a Chinese school in the city.
WITH FRANCIS EARL CUETO