DOJ inspects clandestine shabu lab behind massive drug haul in Virac

29 May 2024

Department of Justice (DOJ) Assistant Secretary (Asec) Eliseo DC. Cruz led the ocular inspection of massive amount of dangerous drugs seized from a clandestine shabu laboratory in Brgy. Palta Small, Virac, Catanduanes considered to be one of the biggest drug hauls in the country prior to its destruction.

This as the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC), in its Order dated 30 January 2024, granted the motion of the prosecution panel to conduct ocular inspection on 28 to 30 May 2024.

In 2016, law enforcement units raided the said shabu laboratory roughly as big as the size of two basketball courts where 22.509-kg of shabu, 200-ml shabu in liquid form, 359.75-kg of Ephedrine and several drug manufacturing equipment were rounded-up by authorities.

In a Memorandum dated 25 April 2024 addressed to Secretary of Justice Jesus Crispin “Boying” C. Remulla, coursed through Asec Cruz, handling state prosecutors requested for assistance in conducting the inspection of the illegal drugs/equipment considering the volume of contrabands to be destroyed and the limited/prescribed period to execute the same.

“The total destruction of illegal drugs is a pivotal step in ensuring that peace and order are always kept intact among our communities, we will never let those who benefit from this dangerous business of illegal drugs gain even the slightest advantage over justice under my watch,” Asec. Cruz underscored.

“I have always envisioned our society being free from the shackles of illegal drugs and addictive substances where the Rule of Law reigns supreme above everything. Let us continue working together as a nation to safeguard our freedom from illegal drugs for the sake of our children and future generations towards a Drug Free Philippines,” Secretary Remulla emphasized.

Meanwhile, the Secretary commended the unwavering efforts and dedication of the prosecution panel handling this case.

Asec Cruz was joined during the inspection by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 5 Director Edgar Jubay, Catanduanes Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Director Ryan Ador, the Clerk of Court, the defense counsel, the Chief of Police of Virac and other stakeholders.

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