Naga's biggest shabu lab busted

Posted at 09/14/08 3:29 PM

Anti-narcotics agents raided Saturday night an illegal drugs den, believed to be the biggest shabu laboratory in in Naga City, Camarines Sur. The bust also arrested at least 14 people, including two Indian nationals. 

Operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency units from the regional office in Legazpi City swooped down on the makeshift lab -- a poultry farm -- on Diamond Street, Villagrande Home Subdivision, Concepcion Grande around 10 p.m. Saturday. 

Authorities seized a still undetermined amount of illegal substance and other shabu paraphernalia such as tooters, lighters and aluminum foil. They also recovered dried marijuana leaves in the area. 

More than 14 people were arrested, including property owner Siefredo Obias Jr., alias Boboy, two Indian nationals identified as Amandeep Singh Grewal and Sikander Singh Grewal, and former jail warden Gilberto Tapel.

The other suspects arrested were Louie Tosoc, Gilbero Tapel, German Hermida Jr., Sigfredo Alejandria, Sotero Alejandria, Alvin Alejandria, Benjamin Pascual, Carlito Valle, Victor Celso Pueston, Donato Arevalo, Reynaldo Arbuis, and Bong Overo.

Overo, a doctor, was rushed to a hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Law enforcers said they also recovered a loaded Glock handgun, which was believed to be owned by Tapel.

Authorities said the suspects will all undergo drug tests.

The NBI said the poultry farm was placed under surveillance following tip-offs before the raid was conducted. With a report from Jao Romero, ABS-CBN Naga