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14 jugs of shabu ingredients found in Cagayan, Apayao boundary

APAYAO, Philippines– Fourteen containers of chemical substance essential in the processing of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu were recovered by police and drug enforcers in the boundary of Cagayan and Apayao provinces on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

Joint elements of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the regional police offices of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera secured the 14 jugs, equivalent to 84 gallons, of ethyl ether.

Police recovered the chemical substance in the boundary of Ayaga village in Ballesteros, Cagayan and in Malekkeg village in Sta. Marcela, Apayao.

Initial findings of the PNP Crime Laboratory showed that the ethyl ether discovered could be worth P1.9 billion if used in making shabu.

The 84 gallons could be used in processing more than 635 kilos of shabu, amounting to nearly P2 billion.

Discovery

The containers were first known by village councilman Prudencio Labbao but did not report it authorities due to fear that he might get killed, like his younger brother.

Labbao told reporters that he had seen his younger brother Marlon, who was killed by unidentified gunman on June 22, with the containers and told him that someone will pick them up.

Labbao did not know the whereabouts of the shabu ingredient until he discovered them in a banana plantation while he’s cleaning up the wrath of Tropical Storm Carina.

He said he already knew that his brother was using illegal drugs, and in fact, he knew that his brother is under the village watchlist of drug suspects.

He added that he did not know his brother was involved in drug trading.

“Talagang nag-drodroga yung kapatid ko kaya palagi ko siyang pinapagalitan [at] pinagsasabihan,” Labbao said.

(My brother is really into illegal drugs so I was always scolding and advising him to stop.)

Labbao’s brother is number 1 drug personality in Sta. Marcela town.

Linkages

Investigators are looking into possible linkages of the discovered chemical substances to the dismantled shabu laboratory in Lasam town in Cagayan in February 2015.

AIDG Director Bert Ferro said there might be a connection between the two operations since the containers have resemblance to that of the containers recovered in Lasam shabu laboratory.

This possible linkage, Ferro said, gave them a headstart of a more intensive investigation since this could lead them to high-value drug personalities and syndicates.

This was the second big catch of the anti-drug enforcers near the coastal areas of Cagayan.

Cagayan Valley regional police director Police Chief Superintendent Gilbert Sosa said it is possible that chemical substance may have come from countries like China and Hongkong and was entered through the coastal towns of Cagayan. Northernforum.net

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