PDEA uncovers Antipolo shabu lab, seizes P500k in illegal drugs Featured

PDEA uncovers Antipolo shabu lab, seizes P500k in illegal drugs

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Thursday discovered a "shabu laboratory," arrested five suspects, and seized suspected shabu, marijuana, and cocaine worth some P500,000 in a raid on a house in Cogeo, Antipolo City in Rizal province.

GMA News' Raffy Tima on "Unang Balita" on Friday said that operatives nabbed siblings Junjie, Junrel, and Jansen Chavez, as well as Malome Amahan, and Jess Christopher Marcaida.

The target house looked ordinary outside, but when PDEA Special Enforcement Service operatives shoved a bed out of the way, a “secret passage” leading to what the unit’s Director Levi Ortiz said was a “shabu laboratory" emerged.

Apart from the suspected drugs amounting to some half a million pesos, the raid also yielded drug paraphernalia and ammunition.

Much of the confiscated marijuana was reportedly in packets, ready to be sold, the report added.

PDEA surveillance information suggested that the suspects—which Ortiz said may be “connected” to armed groups in the north—had been operating long before Thursday's raid got them. —Nicole-Anne C. Lagrimas/LBG, GMA News

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