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Bato leads raid of floating shabu lab

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SUBIC TOWN, Zambales – Be it on land or water, the war against drugs has been unrelenting under the Duterte administration.

This after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa led another successful drug raid on a fishing vessel within the waters of Zambales where they arrested four Hong Kong nationals who are said to be operating a ‘floating shabu lab’.

Dela Rosa, who arrived before midnight last night to check on the vessel, told reporters the ship has been under surveillance after gathering reports it has been transporting drugs to China.

“Nakakagawa sila ng shabu in two days. Ibabagsak sa dagat tapos may pipick-up na mga Pinoy sa lugar,” said Dela Rosa.

Dela Rosa identified the suspects as Shu Fook Leung, Kwok Tung Chan, Wing Fai Lo, and Kam Wah Kwok.

Three of the suspects are said to be first timers in the country and that one of them is said to be a chemist. A plastic bag containing what is suspected to be half kilo of shabu was also recovered in the vessel.

BI’s Alien Control Officer Richard Chua said the arrested foreigners entered the country a week ago thru the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) via Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong.

It was also discovered that the 50-meter fish carrier had no registration and that it had the capacity to produce 25 kilos of shabu in a day.

Authorities are now trying to verify if the vessel is connected with the P1-billion worth of shabu that was discovered in Cagayan last week.

Dela Rosa has been spearheading a no let-up drive against illegal drugs that saw hundreds of suspected pushers being neutralized after resisting arrest.

Dela Rosa’s “Oplan Tokhang” has also enjoyed immense success of late as the program led to the surrender of thousands of self-confessed pushers and users in different parts of the country. (JONAS REYES)