PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Isidro S. Lapeña yesterday called anew on the public to watch out for 17 tell-tale signs of a clandestine shabu laboratory in their neighborhood and become instant millionaires if they can give the tip that will lead to the neutralization of the drug facility.
The PDEA chief said any citizen can report the presence of suspected illegal drug activities and presence of a clandestine laboratory in their community by texting the following PDEA 24/7 SMS/Text Center’s numbers: 09998887332 for Smart users, 09279150616 and 09255737332 for Globe and Sun Cellular users and the PDEA hotline 09393960627 and landline numbers (02) 920-0735 and (02) 920-0736.
Lapeña said they want the public to be watching out for the following signs that could indicate the presence of an illegal drugs laboratory in an area:
a. Presence of large water tanks;
b. Thick electrical wires for houses or facilities which should have normal-sized wires;
c. Laboratory materials surrounding the properties like empty chemical bottles, drums and other types of chemical containers;
d. Specially-constructed chimney or ventilation fan which runs for extended hours to get rid of strong odors; e. Strong chemical odors (solvent-like) coming from the facility;
f. Persons on the premises seldom come out but they come out to smoke, to avoid igniting highly explosive chemicals inside;
g. Excessive or irregular water waste coming out of the premises; h. Presence of waste chemicals;
i. Discarded materials used to store chemicals;
j. Residents who burn their trash instead of discarding them;
k. Use of security cameras;
l. Odd locks and bars on windows;
m. Heavy security like the presence of watch dogs, high fences and barb wires;
n. Every opening of the facility is covered or tinted; o. Persons going about their business at odd hours;
p. No traffic during daytime, but traffic at wee hours; and
q. Frequent visitors with expensive cars.
The PDEA chief said the public should keep in mind the 17 tell-tale signs that a secret drug facility is likely operating in his/her neighborhood. “We are releasing the list anew to promote public interest, raise awareness of the risks and dangers of shabu laboratories and seek support in finding these illegal facilities,” he said.
The retired 3-star police general assured tipsters their identities will be kept in utmost secrecy.
“The public should watch out for these 17 tell-tale signs showing the existence of a shabu laboratory in their neighborhood. You might be living near or next to one but unaware of it,” Lapeña added.
So far this year, eight clandestine shabu laboratories have been smashed by authorities. Five of them located in Pamplona, Las Piñas City; Subic, Zambales; Barangay Apolonia, Quezon City; Magalang, Pampanga; and Arayat, Pampanga, were dismantled during the first 100 days of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, Lapeña noted.