A search for suspected members of a burglary gang led authorities to a drug laboratory inside a warehouse in Parañaque City Wednesday.
Police and anti-drug operatives found drums of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and chemicals in the warehouse, radio dzBB reported early Thursday.
“Sabi ng mga barangay tanod na nakausap natin, ilang buwan na itong walang tao. Kung napansin ninyo wala silang kuryente. Pati main line, mga wiring nila mismo e ninakaw,” Southern Police District head Chief Superintendent Benito Estipona said.
The dzBB report said police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are looking into possible links between the warehouse at Km 19 on East Service Road in Brgy. Martin de Porres, and a shabu laboratory discovered in a residential subdivision in Ayala Alabang some months back.
Also found in the warehouse were equipment used to make shabu. No drug-related arrests were made.
Initial investigation showed village officials were tracking down a member of the Akyat-Bahay burglary gang near the warehouse and chanced on the drums inside the shabu lab.
A separate dzBB report said anti-drug operatives suspect the laboratory could produce up to 100 kilos of shabu in one week.
They also noted the equipment seized was similar to those seized in the shabu lab in a subdivision in Ayala Alabang in southern Metro Manila some months back.
Investigators also learned a group of Chinese nationals rented the warehouse for P400,000 a month. –KG, GMA News