COMBINED agents of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Sunday afternoon smash-ed a clandestine shabu laboratory in Ca-uayan City, Isabela, following a raid which led to the killing of two ‘Chinese’ operators, PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. de la Rosa said yesterday.
Dela Rosa inspected the raided drug facility on Prenza St., Maharlika Highway, District 1, Cauayan City.
PNP-AIDG director Senior Supt. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro identified the slain suspects as Jixin Li Huang, alias ‘Kim Punzalan,’ and She Cangbo, both Chinese nationals, who engaged raiders in the shootout.
Ferro said that officers were out to serve the warrant issued by Judge Bernelito Fernandez of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 97 against Huang, one alias ‘Atong Lee,’ one ‘Lo Chi,’ an alias ‘Chua’ and one alias ‘Lung’ when the two suspects fired shots at the lawmen, triggering the gunbattle.
Both suspects died on the spot. Ferro said a cal. .45 pistol, a 9mm machine pistol, assorted live ammunition, assorted documents and a beige Toyota Hi-Lux (ABB-3553) were recovered at the scene.
Found inside the suspects’ hideout on Rose Marie Reyes St., Caua-yan City, were a cal. .38 revolver with six bullets, four shotgun shells, a cal. .45 Colt Defender pistol with two magazines and five ammunition for cal. .45.
Ferro said Huang was confirmed to be operating the secret drug facility in Cauayan City connected to notorious drug trafficking and manufacturing syndicates in the country led by one Mike Lee, an alias ‘Ahong’ and a certain ‘Atong Lee.’
“This is the result of a three-month surveillance operation,” said Dela Rosa after flying to Cauayan City using a police helicopter.
Members of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, led by its deputy, Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto, and the PDEA Special Enforcement Service, headed by Director Ismael Fajardo Jr., were assisted by the Isabela Police Provincial Office and the Cauayan City Police Station in conducting the raid.
PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said that also recovered during the raid were chemical precursors and essential chemicals and laboratory equipment being used in the manufacture of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine,’ a cal. .45 pistol, a 9mm machine pistol, whose records are still being checked with the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office, and several documents. Police said the place was raided on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Police said the Caua-yan City shabu laboratory can produce 200 kilograms of shabu a week.
The raid came even as the PNP and the PDEA leaderships 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: 0999-8887332 for Smart users, 0927-9150616 and 0925-5737332 for Globe and Sun cellular users and the PDEA hotline 0939-3960627 and landline numbers (02) 920-0735 and (02) 920-0736.