MANILA, Philippines – A shabu laboratory was discovered inside a mining site in Appari, Cagayan on Thursday, May 18.
The mining site where the laboratory manufacturing illegal drugs was found is reportedly owned by Chinese company Huaxia Mining and Trading Corporation in Barangay Tallungan.
Operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) who raided the place found different chemicals inside a warehouse believed to be used in manufacturing shabu methamphetamine hydrochloride or locally known as shabu. Chemicals used in manufacturing explosives were also discovered.
Owners of the mining company identified as Lito Lim and Michael Tan were not present during the raid, PDEA Cagayan Valley Director Laurefel Gabales said.
“We are still completing an inventory of the seized chemicals and other items, which took us until Friday dawn to list all of them,” said the PDEA official.
Appropriate charges will be filed against the owners for manufacturing illegal drugs and explosives.
This is the second shabu laboratory discovered in the province this year.
In February, authorities raided another warehouse in the town of Lasam where illegal drugs worth several millions of pesos were seized.