Drug lords bring down shabu labs from mountains to city neighborhoods – PDEA
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said drug personalities have shifted their illegal production from remote mountain locations to residential areas.
PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino said: “This is evident in the two successive dismantling of shabu and ecstacy laboratories in Hingoso Farm, Barangay Sto. Niño, Ibaan, Batangas on April 12, 2018, and in the three-storey residence along Dela Cruz Street, Barangay Tinajeros, Malabon City on April 13, 2018.”
The discovery of the two illegal facilities in Batangas and Malabon was the result of the intelligence support provided by the Office of the National Narcotics Control Commission (ONNCC), Narcotics Control Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, and the People’s Republic of China to PDEA.
Aquino said the public should beware of these signs of a a clandestine shabu laboratoryin the neighborhood:
-Sudden presence of individuals, either local or foreign nationals, in buildings or residence which are abandoned for a long period of time;
-Presence of large water tanks;
-Thick electrical wires for houses or facilities instead of normal-size wires:
-Laboratory materials surrounding the property like empty chemical bottles, drums and other kind of chemical containers;
-Specially-constructed chimney or ventilation fan which run for extended hours to remove strong odors;
-Strong chemical odors (solvent-like) coming from the facility;
-Persons in the premises seldom come-out, or they do come out to smoke to avoid igniting the chemicals inside;
-Excessive or irregular water waste coming out of the premises;
-Presence of waste chemicals;
-Discarded materials used to store chemicals;
-Residents who burn their trash instead of discarding them;
-Use of security cameras;
-Odd locks and bar windows;
-Heavy security like the presence of watch dogs, high fences and barbed wires;
-Every opening of the facility is covered or tinted;
-Persons going about their business at odd hours;
-No traffic during daytime, but on wee hours; and
-Frequent visitors with expensive cars.
He appealed to the public to report any suspicious movement of individuals and facilities in their neighborhood through “Operation Private Eye” with contact number (02) 920-0967, andv via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The public can report illegal drug activities, and in return, PDEA ensures the anonymity of the informant and the confidentiality of the information provided to counter fear, which hinders the active participation of the citizenry in reporting. The informants are given reward and incentive scheme designed to encourage the public to report illegal drugs activities in their community”, Aquino noted. (PNA)
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