Pasig police operatives on Thursday raided a building in the city and seized more than 30 kilos of chemicals used in the preparation of shabu surreptitiously hidden in the sink Thursday afternoon.
Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Bernabe Balba said the shabu chemicals were uncovered by a joint team of Pasig police headed by its chief Senior Supt. Rizalito Gapas, Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) under Senior Insp. Alvin Perlas and Intelligence Group, assisted by the Northern Police District (NPD) during a raid on the five-storey building at 34 Sta. Rosa St., Bgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Reportedly, the building where shabu chemicals were seized was owned by the “occupant” or “tenant” of the shabu laboratory discovered in an exclusive subdivision in North Greenhills, San Juan City, on Thursday morning.
Perlas said two persons, identified as Jenny Menis Saltat, 49, married, personal assistant, of Block 11, Lot 26, Grand Homes, Bgy San Roque, Antipolo City; and Federico Aquino Palaganas, 38, security guard, of Block 114, Phase 1-C, Kasiglahan Village, Rodriguez, Montalban, Rizal, were placed under police custody. There were no other occupants in the five-storey building, aside from Saltat and Palaganas.
Armed with search warrant issued by Executive Judge Danilo S. Cruz, of Pasig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 152, operatives raided the residential building at 2:30 p.m.
The raid was conducted following intelligence reports that the building was being used as storage for shabu chemicals which were transferred from the shabu laboratory in San Juan City.
K-9 dogs were able to detect the presence of suspected chemical precursors hidden in the sink at the fifth floor of the building.
Seized were 10 small plastic bags and two bigger plastic bags approximately weighing 13 to 15 kilos of suspected chemical precursors and another paper canister containing about 20 kilos of suspected chemical precursors. A caliber 9mm pistol was also confiscated from the arrested security guard.
“’Yung K-9 unit na dala ng raiding team na-detect ’yung shabu chemicals na nakatago sa ilalim ng lababo,” Perlas told the Journal Group.
The shabu chemicals, according to the caretaker and security guard, have been concealed at the area for almost three to five months and that the building owners are out of town. The two refused to give additional details.
But a police source confirmed that the building was owned by the nearest relative of the “occupant” or “tenant” of the shabu laboratory discovered in San Juan City.
Police added that officials of Bgy. Kapitolyo did not notice anything unusual or suspicious in the area for the past three to five months. The building is not located in a posh subdivision in Pasig City.