PASIG CITY, Philippines — Personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday night (November 28), busted a shabu manufacturing operation in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
In separate buy-bust operations, police have arrested Korean national and alleged chemist, Kim Jong Hee and his Filipino accomplice, Marvin Yu, over suspicion of drug trafficking.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Director Guillermo Eleazar said the two had been under the surveillance of authorities after receiving information regarding the suspects’ illegal drug activities.
Marvin Yu was the first to be apprehended at a hotel in Caloocan City, Wednesday morning.
Kim Jong Hee on the other hand, made a stop first at a suspicious-looking van parked in Ortigas Center before he was arrested by authorities in front of a hotel in San Juan City.
After Kim’s arrest, PNP operatives returned to the parked van where they discovered several sackful of raw materials, gallons of various chemicals and equipment used in the manufacture of shabu. The van apparently has been in the parking lot for 19 days.
“At the moment, we were able to seize these items and we believe that these are raw materials, precursor, ingredients, equipment, included equipment in manufacturing of shabu,” said Eleazar.
Police found in the suspects’ possession, half a kilo of shabu and 26 sacks of ephedrine which can produce about 300 kilos of shabu with an estimated value of up to P4 billion.
Yu denied the allegations against him and claimed that he is just driving for Kim and would often deliver stuff to different places.
“Hindi ko po alam kung drugs po ba iyan or ano po ‘yan. Hindi ko po tinatanong. First time ko po nakita lahat ‘yan,” he said.
The two suspects are now under PNP custody and will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
A follow-up operation will be carried out by authorities to find out which group the two possibly belongs to and to track their hidden laboratory. — Asher Cadapan, Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue