Police, PDEA -3 operatives discover mega shabu lab at Mount Arayat

ARAYAT, Pampanga — Joint operatives of Pampanga police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 3 (PDEA-3) conducted a raid Thursday on the biggest shabu laboratory discovered so far, at the foot of Mount Arayat in Barangay Lacquios here.

Pampanga police director Senior Supt. Rodolfo Recomojo Jr. said the shabu laboratory was surrounded by 8 to 10-feet concrete fence, with a hog farm beside it and a melting plant of plastics.

However, Recomono said occupants of the said shabu laboratory fled to different directions after seeing the raiding team.

This is the second shabu laboratory overran by authorities in a span of two weeks, he noted.

Seven large hyrogenators and chromatograph machines were found inside the laboratory, which can manufacture 50 to 100 kilograms per day.

“As per assessment of the crime laboratory chemists, the chromatograph machine is an equipment that determines the purity of shabu,” Recomono said in a phone interview.

Supt. Samuel Sevilla, Arayat police chief, was conducting regular inspection of all industries specifically hog and poultry farms when he and his men discovered a shabu laboratory in nearby Barangay San Ildefonso (Bical), Magalang, Pampanga two weeks ago.

Sevilla said the compound is occupied by unidentified persons who quickly fled after they noticed the approaching policemen.

“It was also abandoned,” he said.

He said no one came forward to claim ownership of the property.

Policemen and PDEA personnel are currently undertaking inventory of the equipment and seized precursors found inside the warehouse shabu laboratory.

Three shabu laboratories were found in Angeles City since March, this year. Marna Dagumboy-Del Rosario/PNA/northboundasia.com