2 more 'shabu labs' discovered in Ayala Alabang

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2012 09:47 AM | Updated as of Jan 15 2012 01:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Two more shabu laboratories were discovered on Saturday morning inside the posh Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City, which was raided by anti-narcotics agents last week.

Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) first swooped down on a house in Kanlaon Street.

The occupants were no longer in the house but several drums of chemicals used in the manufacture of the illegal drugs were still in the property.

“Ngayon ko lang nakita itong mga tabletas na ito. So this is another style on how they make methamphetamine,” said PDEA Director-General Jose Gutierrez.

Other pieces of evidence found in the second floor of the house were garbage bags and cartons containing Novahist, a fexohenadine and pseudo-ephedrine drug used as nasal decongestant.

“Yung production ng methamphetamine or shabu, definitely yung kailangan na kemikal diyan very critical itong ephedrine or pseudo-ephedrine," Gutierrez said.

Agents also seized more than two kilos of methamphetamine, estimated to cost between P10 million to P11 million.

The second house--on Countryside Street of Ayala Alabang Village--had several cartons of a similar drug, Novahist.

Black plastic bags leaking with liquid substance were in one of the rooms in the house.

No one was around during the raid. PDEA suspects that the occupants moved out after they raided the first shabu laboratory in Acacia Street of Ayala Alabang last week.

“Mukhang ganun kasi sa estimate ko halos sabay sila nag alisan dito. Na-alert sila noong [operation] sa Acacia,” said PDEA-NCR Director, Pedrito Magsino.

Initial investigation disclosed that Chinese nationals own and operate the shabu laboratories. The PDEA also believes that the two new shabu laboratories are connected to the first one they raided last week.

“We will be coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration to at least stop these personalities from getting out of the country and also the Bureau of Customs and FDA [Food and Drug Administration] on how they could possibly smuggle these products,” said Gutierrez.

Heightened security

Meanwhile, the village association has vowed to review its leasing procedures following the discovery of shabu laboratories in three houses.

“The Ayala Alabang Village Association, which is the guardian of security for this village, is now reviewing the processes of tenants and agents involved in the leasing procedure,” said Ayala Alabang Punong Barangay, Alfred Geres Burgos.

Magsino urged residents to be always on alert.

“Ang usapan namin maging vigilant sila, especially yung mga foreign nationals na nagre-rent dito para madali nating matuntuon, especially yung ang bahay ay located yung likuran sa may creek,” he said. -- Reports from Bettina Magsaysay, ABS-CBN News and Dexter Ganibe, dzMM