Nosi ba lasi? 11 suspects charged for hand in Catanduanes drug lab

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Some 11 personalities tagged in the operation of the “mega-sized” drug laboratory in Virac, Catanduanes have been charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office

A report reaching Police Regional Office (PRO5) Director, Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe bared that the 11 suspects were charged with violation of Section 8 of Republic Act (RA) 9165, which penalizes the manufacture of dangerous drugs/and or controlled precursors and essential chemicals.

The details were contained in the amended complaint prepared by Senior Supt. Jeffrey Fernandez, Catanduanes police director.

Heading the list according to a PNA report are Paulo Uy and Jayson Gonzales Uy, allegedly the operators of the “shabu” lab which was discovered by authorities last November 26. The duo remains at large.

Also rapped were Lorenzo Pirena II, the caretaker of the facility; Angelica Balmadrid, owner of the warehouse-turned-drug lab leased by the Uys; Paulo Wee Palisoc; Korean nationals Phung Yuan Estoco and She Wang; a certain “Tore”; Lorenzo Pirena IV; brothers Dennis and Roel Samonte.

Fernandez said they are still investigating the complicity of other people as far as the drug lab is concerned.

Located near the main highway, the lab is allegedly capable of producing nearly 10 tons of shabu monthly. It is said to be the largest drug lab ever found in the Bicol region.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently probing Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua and Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes for their alleged hand in the lab, which managed to operate undetected for nine months.