Arraignment set for ex-NBI exec in Catanduanes shabu lab raid

October 21, 2018

The former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) official implicated in the 2016 “mega shabu laboratory” raid in Catanduanes  will be arrainged today at the Makati City Regional Trial Court.

Former NBI Region 7 Director Augusto Eric Isidoro will be arraigned at the Makati RTC Branch 62 for his alleged involvement in the shabu laboratory where authorities seized at least P100 million worth of shabu and equipment.

Isidoro is being charged with conspiracy to manufature illegal drugs along with four other suspects who remain at large -- Xian Xian Wang, Pido Bonito, Paolo Uy and Jayson Uy.

Another arrested co-accused  Lorenzo Piñera II will stand trial for cases of possession and manufacture of illegal drugs along with five other co-accused who are also still at large -- the Uys, Paolo Palisoc, Phung Yuan Estorco and Sheng Wang.

Judge Selma Palacio-Alaras, who earlier convicted Canadian nationals James Riach and Ali Memar Shirazi in the P100-million drug possession case last February, will hear the case against Isidoro.

The Supreme Court ordered the transfer of this case from Virac RTC to Makati RTC last June upon request of the Department of Justice.

The case stemmed from the raid of a mega shabu laboratory in Catanduanes on Nov. 26, 2016.

Authorities seized from the shabu laboratory some 22.509 kilograms of crystallized metamphetamine hydrochloride and 359.75 kilograms of Ephedrine as well as other chemicals and equipment for the manufacture of illegal drugs during the raid.