Pampanga, Philippines – Pampanga policemen and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives found what they described as “mega shabu lab,” the biggest shabu lab in the country at the foothills of Mount Arayat in Pampanga on September 22.
In a report in Interaksyon.com, Senior Supt. Rodolfo Recomono Jr., police provincial director said:
“This is the biggest shabu laboratory discovered not only in Pampanga but in the entire country, so far.”
Recomono added, however, no person was arrested during the raid as the occupants had escaped the raid, “Still, we have disrupted the prospective production of illegal drugs in this place.”
Disguised as piggery and corn crusher
The shabu lab is the second discovered in the province in the span of two weeks, disguised as piggery and corn crusher operated by certain “a man with a Chinese name,” according to PDEA Central Luzon Information Officer Glen Guillermo.
He disclosed that the local government of Arayat and Bureau of Fire Protection were about to conduct fire safety and sanitary inspection at the establishment, but were surprised that it was abandoned.Video footage of “Mega Shabu lab” (via Lourna Landerholm)
“Each of the hyrdogenators has the capacity to yield 50 to 100 kilograms of “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) per day, per assessment of the crime laboratory chemists, while the chromatograph machine is used for determining the purity of the finished product,” Recomono said.
Recomono said the laboratory is surrounded by 8 to 10-feet high concrete fence, sitting in the midst of hog farms beside it and a melting plant for recycling plastics.
“It’s a good thing we discovered this laboratory before it could produce and distribute finished products out to the market,” Recomono said. “My instruction to all police chiefs in the province is to be pro-active. And it paid.”
Last September 7, PDEA operatives and the police found an underground shabu laboratory inside a piggery farm, seven Chinese nationals were arrested.