Following the raid of a shabu lab in Batangas, operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), raided a Malabon warehouse, that was allegedly being used to manufacture meth and ecstasy.
According to PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, the laboratory which was situated in a residential area in Barangay Tinajeros, was part of the operations of the Hong Kong-based Dragonwood syndicate.
The group was allegedly connected to the notorious Golden Triangle cartel that smuggles drugs through the borders of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.
The operation was a follow-up raid to the discovery of a shabu and ecstasy laboratory in Sto. Niño, Batangas province where eight people, including four suspected Chinese chemists, were arrested.
While there were no “finished products” seized in the Malabon laboratory, agents discovered large quantities of safrole, a key ingredient in ecstasy production; suspected ecstasy tablets, assorted chemicals and several drug equipment, said Derrick Carreon, PDEA spokesperson.
According to Aquino, the Malabon warehouse was being used as an “test run” location for the production of illegal drugs before they were transferred to the Batangas farm.