ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / August 18, 2009) – Philippine anti-narcotics agents clashed with suspected drug pushers and wounded one of them during a raid at a village in the southern port city of Zamboanga City on Tuesday, reports said.
The ABS-CBN television said members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested the trio - Farouk Samla, Abu Pandang and Sal Sali – in the village of Recodo.
It quoted Adzhar Albani, regional chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, as saying that Samla is included in the most wanted list.
Albani said they seized several sacks of drug paraphernalia and plastic sachets containing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or locally known as shabu.
Last year, anti-narcotics agents, backed by policemen, also raided a suspected shabu laboratory on a remote village in Zamboanga City.
Police said the laboratory was being operated by a Taiwanese man and his Filipino cohorts in the village of Lamisahan. It was the first time that authorities have discovered a shabu laboratory in Zamboanga.
Shabu is a clear, chunky form of crystals resembling ice and is sometimes referred to as "crystal" or glass" by drug users.
The drug releases high levels of stimulant dopamine that works on brain cells to activate body movement and elevate moods. When used regularly it has a neurological toxic effect and can damage brain cells.
Police said obnoxious smell from the laboratory and the contaminated water from a creek nearby gave away the illegal operation. (Mindanao Examiner)