Watch: Floating ‘Shabu Lab’ Busted in Subic Bay, PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa Inspects (Video)
A so-called floating shabu laboratory in Subic Bay has been intercepted by the members of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP) this Monday (July 11) night. Shortly, PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa arrived and talked to the four Chinese nationals from Hong Kong who were on board the ship. Watch video below.
As reported at ‘Unang Balita’ via GMA-7’s daily morning show, ‘Unang Hirit’, authorities received an intelligence report stating that a foreign vessel docked along the coast of Barangay Calapandayan, Subic, Zambales is transporting illegal drugs and at the same time, a floating shabu lab. During the search, authorities found 500 grams (half kilo) of suspected shabu inside a plastic bag in the pocket of one of the four drug suspects.
According to the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the passports of the suspects reveal that three of them are first-timers in the Philippines, while the other one has been in and out the country. They were also found to have been in the country for a week and arrived at NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) via Cathay Pacific flight from Hongkong.
“Accordingly three times na nag-unload eto. Nagpi-prepare pabalik ng China for another delivery,” PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa told reporters, after talking to the suspects and inspected the unnamed 50-meter fish carrier vessel. The alleged floating shabu lab was said to be capable of manufacturing 25 kilograms of shabu every day.
The PNP chief, who arrived in the scene at around midnight, added that authorities will further investigate if the seized vessel is connected with the 180 kilograms of suspected shabu worth P1 billion that was busted in Claveria, Cagayan province recently. The four suspects have briefly talked to dela Rosa but did not say anything to the media.