Thursday, December 1, 2016

Catanduanes shabu lab caretaker charged in court

NAGA CITY 12/1/16 (Bicol Standard)— The caretaker of the shabu lab in Virac, Catanduanes identified as Lawrence Flores Pinera has been formally charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 after inquest proceedings, Police Chief Supt. Melvin Buenafe told the BICOL STANDARD this morning.

Photo by Ramil Soliveres
The caretaker, however, waived his right under Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code and opted to remain under the custody of the Virac Municipal Police Station pending investigation.

The official PNP report says that the following items were seized during the search and inventory:

One white rectangular plastic container, containing 792 grams of white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu;

One white steel basin containing undetermined amount of brownish liquid with crystal (methamphetamine base);

One (1) white steel basin containing undetermined amount of brownish liquid with crystal (meth. base);

Five big plastic containers each containing white crystalline substance with respective net weights as follows: 87.99 kilograms; 107.65 kilograms; 48.46 kilograms; 55.75 kilograms; and 59.90 kilograms all suspected to be precursors of shabu production

One hot plate with wire gauze;

Four units of glass reactors volume capacity of 50000MI;

Two digital weighing scales with weighing capacity of 30 kgs;

Two big laboratory vacuum flasks;

Filter papers;

Six units of hydrogenator (for marking); and

Bulk quantity of solvent (for marking).

Jayson Uy and Paolo Uy, who were identified as sublessees of the property where the shabu lab was discovered were not in said place when the search warrant was implemented.

The same report did not contain the names of other persons who may have participation in the operation of the drug lab.

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