By Alfa · May 26, 2005 ·
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    The informant that helped anti-narcotics agents bust a laboratory for illegal drugs in Quezon City last May 10 will receive a P500,000 reward.

    Chief drugbuster Deputy Director General Ricardo de Leon and Undersecretary Anselmo Avenido, of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), are currently working for the approval of the reward to be given to the informant known only by his call sign "JL."

    "The computation showed that the informant should receive a P500,000 reward," said de Leon, adding Avenido was consulted on the reward allocation.

    De Leon, who heads the Anti-Illegal Drugs-Special Operations Task Force (AID-SOTF), said JL is being handled by Senior Inspector Dominic Baccay, an officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). Baccay is currently detailed at AID-SOTF.

    It was JL, a driver, who had alerted Baccay about the ketamine laboratory located at the Padilla Apartments on Apo street in Barangay Sta. Teresita, Quezon City early last month.

    In his application for a search warrant from Judge Natividad Giron Dizon, Baccay said he received information from JL that Melchor Martinez, alias Wong and Tata, had been manufacturing ketamine in a three-storey apartment building on Apo street.

    Martinez, JL said, was the right-hand man of drug syndicate leader Johnson Chua, who had operated busted shabu laboratories in Davao City, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro and Carmona, Cavite.

    Last April 21, Martinez and his group took a delivery of ketamine in Binondo, Manila and stored the illegal drugs at the Quezon City drug laboratory. JL gave Baccay a sample of the ketamine as proof.

    The informant also told the police official that ketamine was being produced in a lab on the second floor of the apartment building. The third floor was being used as a stockroom for precursors, equipment and essential chemicals.

    JL's report prompted Dizon, executive judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to issue a search warrant against Chua, Martinez and Benedict Abellanosa, the caretaker of the apartment.

    However, before combined AID-SOTF and PDEA agents could raid the drug laboratory, Martinez was arrested by Baccay in a buy-bust operation last May 2.

    Martinez yielded a kilo of shabu worth P2.5 million. Seized from the suspect was a white Toyota Corolla, which he used in his drug deals.

    Last May 10, Abellanosa was arrested during the raid at the drug laboratory, resulting in the seizure of 6.8 kilos of ketamine worth

    P34 million as well as an undetermined amount of shabu.

    Also confiscated were a plastic container with liquid ketamine liquid, a weighing scale, a glass tooter, aluminum foil and a burner.

    Initial tests by the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) of the Central Police District (CPD), showed that Martinez and his group had been experimenting on a new blend of drug that combined shabu with ketamine.

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