MAGALANG, Pampanga -- An underground shabu laboratory used by a Chinese drug syndicate as a testing center was dismantled yesterday by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police.
Senior Supt. Wilkens Villanuena, National Capital Region PDEA director, said the facility was also being used by the group as a research and development center in manufacturing high- grade shabu.
The discovery of the underground shabu laboratory was an offshoot of a two-month surveillance operation conducted by PDEA and the Police Regional Office 3 led by Chief Supt. Aaron N. Aquino.
Armed with a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Jonhmuel Mendoza of Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court, PRO3 and PDEA operatives raided a 3.5-hectare piggery farm located in Sitio Balitukan, Bgy. San Ildefonso, Magalang town, past noon yesterday.
Seven Chinese nationals, including a woman, were held by the police and PDEA for questioning.
Villanueva identified the suspects as Wang Shi Jua, 42, of Yunan province; Philing Wang, 31, of Fujian; Alvin Wang, alias James, 41 of Xiamen; Lu We Chang, 28, of Xiamen province; Xiapo Xiang, 25, of Fookien and Sonny Sy, 48, of Fujian, all of China. The woman, identified as Susan, is the wife of Alvin Wang.
Sy and Xiang surrendered to the police hours after the raid while the five remaining were immediately held by PDEA and policemen.
The underground shabu laboratory was built atop a big warehouse and equipped with air-conditioning system to keep the purity of substances used in manufacturing shabu.
Villanueva said the facility could produce 30 to 100 kilos of high grade shabu per week.
He said the lab was also used for testing the purity of shabu manufactured as well as utilize the facility for research and development of high- grade drugs.
Villanueva said the Chinese were part of a transnational drug syndicate which the PDEA busted in Las Piñas a few months ago.