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Abandoned drug lab in QC yields P35-M shabu, equipment

  • Written by Melnie Ragasa-Jimena
  • Published in Metro
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Authorities discovered an abandoned illegal drug laboratory in Quezon City on Saturday.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) acting director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the drug laboratory was discovered on the complaint of a certain Wilson Lee when a tenant of his townhouse at C-7 Christian St., Grace Village, Bgy. Apolonio Samson, QC, failed to pay monthly rentals for several months.
   
According to Lee, a certain Daniel Geng, native of mainland China, rented the place last December 2015 and failed to pay the rentals for the fourth and succeeding months when he decided to open it yesterday in the presence of his lawyers, barangay officials and the authorities.
   
Upon opening of the apartment, suspected illegal drug-making paraphernalia, apparatus and chemicals were found inside.
 
PDEA personnel took custody of the property and the recovered items, including the alleged finished products which will be subjected to chemical examinations.
 
According to PDEA members, they had put the place under surveillance several months ago for suspected illegal drug manufacturing, based on the alleged connection of tenant Geng to the arrested illegal drug personalities in Las Piñas and Parañaque on July 5, 2016, identified as Shih-ming Tsai, Kuo-chuan Cheng and Chun-ming Lin, all chinese nationals, who also used the house for their clandestine shabu laboratory. Authorities believed that Geng is their counterpart in Quezon City.
   
Eleazar, together with his deputy for operations Senior Supt. Crizaldo Nieves and PDEA-NCR Director Villanueva arrived to inspect and assess the laboratory.
    
Villanueva estimated the seized white crystalline substance at 10 kilograms which he said if confirmed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” could amount to P35 million if disposed in retail in the market, while the laboratory equipment and the apparatus as well assorted chemicals in manufacturing shabu could amount to P20 million. He further said that the lab could produce some 200 kgs of shabu per week.