PNP probes floating shabu lab off Subic Bay

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has started its investigation on an alleged floating shabu laboratory discovered off the waters of Subic, Zambales early Tuesday.

Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) Spokesman Senior Supt. Enrico Rigor said the four suspects from Hong Kong, who were arrested during the police operation, could be chemists connected with big time Chinese and local drug syndicates.

The suspects, who are facing charges for possession and manufacture of illegal drugs, were brought to the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame for investigation.

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa earlier said the floating shabu lab was believed to be on a Chinese fishing vessel operated by an international drug syndicate distributing and supplying drugs in several areas in Luzon.

During the police operation, authorities recovered half a kilo of suspected methamphetamine or shabu worth around P10 million.

Rigor said with half a kilo of alleged shabu discovered on the ship, it is possible that the bulk could have been distributed already.

The police also said the floating lab could be connected with another anti-illegal drugs operation in Claveria, Cagayan last week which yielded 180 kilos of suspected shabu — since the same fishing vessel had also been previously spotted there.

Because the vessel is not registered with the Maritime Industry Authority, the police suspect that government officials might be allowing the operation of the floating lab.

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