Police discover mini shabu lab in Bulacan

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

CAMP OLIVAS -- A joint police operation of the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-3) resulted in the discovery of a mini shabu lab in an apartment at the Sta. Rita Village, Barangay Sta. Rita in Guiguito, Bulacan last Friday.

The operation resulted in the arrest of alleged chemist Liu-Zhihua alias Peter Tan Lee, a Taiwanese national, who rented the said apartment.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, Police Regional Office-3, said that operation was conducted by combined operatives of Bulacan Police, Regional Intelligence Division, Regional Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Force-3 (RAIDSOTF-3) and PDEA.

He said a poseur buyer made a transaction to buy 100 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu for P200,000. Liu-Zhihua, however, noticed the presence of other operatives, prompting him to run inside the apartment where he was cornered by police.

It was at this point that the police discovered the lab.

Recovered from the laboratory were different chemicals used in the manufacture of shabu which include red phosphorous, potassium hydroxide, acetic acid, and sodium carbonate.

Also, other equipment were seized such as suction flask and weighing scales.

Petrasanta said that based on the assessment of PDEA agents, the shabu laboratory has a capacity to produce 10 kilograms of shabu within 6 to 8 hours.

It was found out that a certain Johny Tan has been renting the said house since September of this year.

The suspect and the seized items are presently under the custody of PDEA-3 for proper disposition.

Petrasanta lauded the operatives for their successful anti- illegal drug operations.

He said that series of operations on drug- supply reduction strategy will be carried out in the coming days to maximize efforts to eradicate the proliferation of illegal drugs in the region.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 22, 2013.

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