Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, November 28, 2016

Police, military operatives discover ‘shabu lab’ in Catanduanes

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Nov. 28 (PIA) -- Bicol regional director PCSupt. Melvin Ramon G. Buenafe of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed yesterday, Nov. 27, the discovery of a clandestine shabu laboratory at Barangay Palta Small in this municipality.

According to PCSupt. Buenafe, said laboratory was secured in a joint operation of Catanduanes Police Provincial Office, Provincial Public Safety Company and 83rd IB of the Philippine Army in coordination with the municipal government of Virac, headed by Mayor Samuel V. Laynes early Saturday, Nov. 26.

Buenafe emphasized in a media interview that the relentless campaign of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration and PNP with the help of the community led to the discovery of said laboratory.

The L-shaped structure lies on a 1,000 square meter lot rented by a Filipino-Chinese identified as Jayson Gonzales Uy.

Found inside the building were hundreds of water containers, sealed plastic pails, freezers, electrical equipment and three machines for manufacture of shabu that have yet to be installed.

Also found were chemical containers, digital weighing scales, plastic bags and a notebook with Chinese words and numerals beside the letters “kgs,” which apparently meant kilograms.

Meanwhile, Governor Joseph C. Cua thanked local authorities for the efforts that led to the discovery of the laboratory.

Said laboratory was the first shab lab discovered in Catanduanes. (MAL/EAB-PIA5/Catanduanes)

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