AGENTS of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday raided another suspected drug storage facility in Malabon City believed being maintained by a group of Hong Kong-based drug lords operating in the country, PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino said.
Targeted by the raid at no. 7 Romi Street in Barangay Tila, Malabon City were suspected members of the Dragon Wu international drug syndicate identified as Wu Peng Cheng, Hong Liangyi alias ‘Marissa Aquino, and other unidentified cohorts.
A big volume of various chemicals and equipment for the manufacture of dangerous drugs were recovered during the raid which was a follow-up to last Friday’s operation in Barangay Tinajeros, Malabon City, where another drug laboratory believed being used by a group of Chinese drug importers and manufacturers to cook shabu and the designer drug Ecstasy was dismantled.
Yesterday’s raid was conducted by members of the PDEA Intelligence and Investigation Service and the PDEA National Capital Region Office headed by Director Ismael Fajardo Jr. and the Malabon City Police Station headed by Senior Superintendent John Chua on the strength of a warrant for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (Republic Act 9165) issued by Judge Reynaldo Alhambra of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 53.
“The facility is suspected to be the syndicate’s warehouse where the items are being stored prior to being moved to the drug laboratories in Barangay Tinajeros in Malabon and in Ibaan, Batangas,” said Aquino.
Friday’s raid led in the arrest of Chinese national Jiang Minshan, 53; and his driver Lauro Santiago, 59, both residents of no. 60 Divina Street, Saint Mary Subdivision in Barangay Nangka, Marikina City. According to Aquino, it was the ‘first time in the country’s drug law enforcement history that a clandestine ecstasy laboratory was closed down.’
Aquino said the suspects involved in the maintenance and operation of the raided drug facilities in Malabon City and Batangas were believed to be members of the Hong Kong-based Dragon Wu syndicate.
Aquino said the syndicate is also connected to the Golden Triangle drug cartel that operates in the borders of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos.
According to Chinese intelligence reports, the shabu and ecstasy-producing laboratories were established by a Hongkong-based drug kingpin/financier.
Dragon Wu International Syndicate, in connection with the “Golden Triangle”, has found Asia, particularly the Philippines, as a possible market and transshipment point for synthetic drugs such as shabu and ecstasy due to the country’s geographical location, demarcated by porous borders and vast coastlines, a factor in the undetected movement of illegal drugs through shipment, said the PDEA chief.
As of press time, PDEA agents and local police are still conducting an inventory of the seized chemicals placed in a plastic jars and drums.