MANILA, Philippines – Police seized P100 million worth of illegal drugs and arrested five Chinese citizens in a raid on a clandestine laboratory in a condominium in Manila’s Sta. Ana district Thursday night.
Metro Manila Police Chief, Director Roberto Rosales said Ming Yuan Yuet, 40, of Hokien; Danny Tan, 30, of Sze Chuan; Aga Co, 33, of Fujian; Eugene Go, 32, of Hong Kong; and Michelle Lee, 24, also of Fujian, were arrested at Unit 63, Eurovilla Homes on New Panaderos St., by members of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (RAID-SOTF).
The raid on the condominium unit was authorized by a search warrant issued by Judge Amor Reyes of Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 21.
The raiding unit seized 20 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as shabu, with an estimated street value of P100 million, two containers of a brown liquid believed used to manufacture the drug, six self-sealed plastic bags of brown capsules, laboratory equipment, weighing scales and P20,000 in cash.
The search of the apartment was witnessed by barangay chairman Abraham Sejosta, Manila Assistant City Prosecutor Ma. Theresa Basillo, a reporter from a television network, and condominium administrator Jean Banaay.
The seized drugs were brought to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) crime laboratory for safe keeping.
The five suspects will be charged Manila City Prosecutor’s office for Violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 12 (Possession of Equipment, Instrument, Apparatus and other Paraphernalia) Article 2, RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).
By Anthony Vargas
Jul. 09, 2010