The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) busted another laboratory manufacturing shabu, this time in an upscale residential subdivision in Parañaque City.
PDEA agents at dawn on Tuesday raided No. 57 Nazareth Street Multinational Village in Barangay Moonwalk, where they confiscated 13 kilos of ephedrine, 46 crates of thionyl chloride and 500 crates of various chemicals used in making shabu. Equipment for making the drug were also confiscated.
A Chinese, Li Zhong Hong alias James Nian, was arrested during the operation. Li is from China’s Fujian province and has been staying in the country for the past five years.
The PDEA chief, Anselmo Avenido Jr., said it was the second raid inside the village.
He said the police were tipped off by concerned homeowners about a foul odor emanating from the house. After a two-week surveillance, PDEA agents believed they had enough information for a search warrant.
“Based on our initial assessment, this clandestine laboratory has just been set up, possibly just a few weeks ago,” Avenido said.
The owner of the house, one Joseph Chan, would be invited to give details about the individuals who were renting the place.
The bust on the Parañaque shabu laboratory was the second major bust this month. The first was the discovery of the mammoth shabu laboratory in Mandaue City, Cebu.
During an inspection of the shabu laboratory in Parañaque, President Arroyo ordered Interior and Local Governments Secretary Angelo Reyes to intensify the drive against the illegal drugs trade.
At the same time, she stressed on the importance of continued participation of the local community.