(Metro News) Cops nab 2 suspected drug pushers in Taguig raid

March 28, 2010 11:42 pm 

MANILA, March 28 — Taguig City Mayor Freddie R. Tiñga has lauded the arrest of two alleged drug pushers and the raid on a warehouse used as a drug laboratory in Barangay Bagumbayan which yielded billions of pesos worth of shabu and hi-tech paraphernalia used in the manufacture of the illegal drug.

Elements of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO)-Regional Police Intelligence Operation Unit led by Supt. Leo M. Francisco nabbed the suspects identified as William Altejeros, alias Charlie Sy Lim, 40, and Guofu Fu, 30, both Chinese nationals, in a buy-bust operation Thursday morning in front of the Mini-Stop convenience store in Barangay Bagong Tanyag, Taguig.

Police recovered about P2 million worth of shabu from the suspects.

Investigators said they were able to pinpoint the drug laboratory established by the suspects late in February in a warehouse located in Mañalac Subdivision, Barangay Bagumbayan.

Armed with a search warrant issued by Pateros Executive Judge Isagani Geronimo, authorities raided the warehouse Friday afternoon in the presence of NCRPO chief, Director Roberto L. Rosales; Mayor Tinga and representatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), among others.

Rosales said several hi-tech shabu manufacturing machines, at least 14 drums of red phosphorous hydrochloric acid, acetone, iodine and soda were found at the scene.

Earlier, the suspects were able to shield their operations from detection by using sophisticated machines where chemical fumes, after passing through a freezer, solidified, thereby eliminating any bad stench.

“This operation is really big and we are thankful that Mayor Tiñga is here. We know that he is doing his best to curb the drug menace and that the city government, together with the police, is actively implementing a sustained drive against illegal drugs in Taguig,” Rosales said.

For his part, the mayor commended Rosales and his men for a job well done.

“We thank the NCRPO for being a reliable partner in our fight against crime, particularly the illegal drugs trade. This is a serious blow to big time drug traders in our country. We call on the public to help us in the war against drugs,” Tinga said.

Police said the suspects had been the subject of surveillance operations for two months.

The suspects were said to be staying in a hotel in Ermita, Manila and started renting the warehouse last February 15 on the guise of putting up a spare parts business under the name of Henry Ang. (PNA) scs/CLTC

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