Aurora -- Police recovered an estimated 40 kilos of suspected shabu along the coastline of Dingalan Bay estimated to be worth millions of pesos amid an advisory from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to guard against the possible existence of shabu laboratory in this town similar to the one that was uncovered 10 years ago.
OIC Dingalan police chief Insp. Desiree Buluag said the suspected shabu was contained in a cauldron that was spotted half-buried in the sandy shoreline in Bgy. Matawe past midnight last October 17 by fisherman Geronimo Magallon and his wife and turned over to police who ordered it brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory in Baler town for examination.
Magallon said the cauldron may have been swept by big waves spawned by Typhoons Karen and Lawin.
Mayor Shierwin Taay said based on initial inspection by the local police, it is possible that the substance consists of raw materials in making shabu.
He said the substance may have been part of residues from the shabu lab that was discovered in Bgy. Butas na Bato in 2006.
Just recently, Central Luzon police Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino has asked the support of local officials and the public in finding a shabu laboratory during his visit in Nueva Ecija and Aurora.
“All they have to do is to check if there is a shabu lab or if this factory is into shabu making,” Aquino said.
In 2006, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) unearthed a shabu lab in Butas na Bato and arrested four Taiwanese nationals who were later charged in court.
But the cases against them were later dismissed on a technicality.
Aquino said a shabu laboratory found beside a piggery in Bgy. Baño in Arayat, Pampanga, last month is closest to Nueva Ecija.
Among the telltale signs of a shabu laboratory are large water tanks, thick electrical wires, laboratory materials such as empty chemical bottles and drums, chimney or ventilation fans, strong chemical odor and dead or dying trees, plants and grass in the vicinity as well as high fence and barbed wires, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.