PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa inspected on Monday the shabu laboratory discovered by the anti-narcotics operatives in Prenza Maharlika Highway, District 1, Cauayan Isabela on Sunday.
Dela Rosa said the clandestine laboratory in Isabela was one of the biggest shabu factories busted by the authorities in terms of how much illegal drugs it can produce.
"Pang malakihan ito at high-tech. In fact, according to PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) this facility is capable of producing a minimum of 200 kilos per cycle, which covers one week, and maximum of 400 kilos per cycle. So just imagine kung makapag-produce ito napakalaki po ng distribution na mangyayari," he said.
Dela Rosa said there were traces that the laboratory had already conducted a test production.
The PNP Anti-illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) and the PDEA Special Enforcement Service searched the facility last Sunday, resulting in a shootout between Kim Uy, an alleged member of the Ahong drug syndicate, and the anti-narcotics operatives.
Uy and an unidentified person was killed in the firefight.
Recovered inside the warehouse were several drug paraphernalia, including two hydrogenators allegedly used for shabu processing.
"Pwedeng gumawa ng 100 to 200 kilos of shabu per cycle. Ang isang cycle, sampung araw. Maraming phases kasi na dadaanan 'yan kaya sabihin nang sampung araw," said PDEA Deputy Director General for Operations Ricardo Quinto said.
PNP-AIDG spokesperson Enrico Rigor said it was in December 2015 that the group's plan to set up a shabu laboratory in the country entered the police radar. (Sunnex)