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2 ex-gov’t officials in P1.9B shabu lab raid charged

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Provincial
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NON-BAILABLE charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were filed against five men, including two former elected government officials,  arrested in a raid on suspected shabu laboratories in Cagayan province last Feb. 26.
Charged before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan were Atty. Orlino Agatep Sr., a 66-year-old former mayor of Lasam, Cagayan; Benjamin Chua, 61, a former barangay chairman of Gattaran, Cagayan;  Nelson Mallari, 50;  Joey Ancheta alias “Jojo,” 38, and George Cortez, 55, all residents of Lasam, Cagayan
“Agatep and Chua were charged for allegedly maintaining a shabu laboratory while Mallari, Ancheta and Cortez for working as shabu laboratory caretakers,” PDEA chair Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac  Jr. said.
Cacdac said Agatep is also facing charges for violation of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013) and RA 9516 or illegal possession of explosives.
Agents of the PDEA and the Police Regional Office 2 on Feb. 26 arrested the suspects in a raid on Agatep’s rest house in Bgy. Nicolas Agatep, Lasam, Cagayan and in a suspected shabu laboratory in Bgy. Newagac, Gattaran town allegedly owned by the former Lasam mayor and being maintained by Chua.
Recovered inside Agatep’s rest house were three cal. 9mm Luger KG9 with magazines containing 31 live ammunition, one cal. 9mm Tanfoglio pistol with a magazine containing 15 bullets, one seven-rounder revolver with seven live ammunition, three rifle grenades and other assorted live ammunition.
Cacdac said that 790 liters of liquid shabu placed in six plastic containers with an estimated street value of P1.9 billion, voluminous amount of controlled precursors, other chemicals, laboratory equipment and apparatus were confiscated inside the warehouse.