No illegal drugs found in Pangasinan fish cages
October 5, 2016 10:44 am
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Oct. 5 — There were no illegal drugs found in fish cages owned and operated by either Chinese or Taiwanese nationals in western Pangasinan.
The operation led by OIC Police Provincial Director Ronald Oliver Lee, zeroed in on big fish cages operated by foreigners in the town of Sual and Alaminos City.
Another inspection will be conducted soon in Ada as well as Bolinao.
The inspection was done to validate information that milkfish (bangus) produced in these cages owned by foreigners were being stuffed with illegal drugs then transported to Metro Manila.
Lee defended the inspection, saying it was designed to check if these fish cages were being used to manufacture illegal drugs.
Aside from inspecting the fish cages, the composite teams went to inspect the ice plants as well as warehouses in the said towns, but did not find any trace of illegal drugs. Authorities, however, seized eight short and long firearms whose licenses have expired in the hands of security agencies hired by the foreign nationals.
Complaints against these security agencies are now being readied.
The Chinese and Taiwanese nationals were not around during the inspection, except their local caretakers and their other workers overseeing the warehouses and ice plants.
The inspection was also intended to verify the documents of these foreign nationals who reportedly operate and own the fish cages.
It was the first time these fish cages were inspected.(PNA)