MANILA — After suspected drug lord Meco Tan was shot dead by police during a chase Friday, operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) raided a Valenzuela City warehouse suspected to have been used by Tan as his drug laboratory.
The warehouse is located in the so-called “Plastic City” on T. Santiago St., Valenzuela City.
PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa led the inspection of the warehouse and found 10 other Chinese nationals there.
When Dela Rosa talked to them, most were able to respond to him in Tagalog because they have been staying in the Philippines for six years now.
“Meco Tan is the first Chinese drug lord in the Philippines that was killed in an operation,” Dela Rosa said in an interview over ANC.
“We are always criticized that we only apprehend street pushers, but this (operation) proves we are also after high value targets,” he underscored.
Reports said that members of the Valenzuela police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) swooped down at a local property to serve an arrest warrant against Tan before dawn Friday.
“When PNP officials went there to serve the warrant, a white car fled from the area. Police chased the car, engaged in a shootout,” narrated Dela Rosa. Tan was later killed inside the vehicle.
The PNP and PDEA are now in control of the warehouse where, as of this posting, ingredients and materials in the making of plastic products have been found.
The PNP said this was the warehouse where members of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drug Group (PNP AIDG) first found Tan early Friday morning and where they attempted to serve him a warrant of arrest. (The first breaking news described the place as the house of Tan.)
Upon seeing the lawmen, Tan allegedly escaped aboard his Honda Civic, shots were fired by both parties during an ensuing chase and Tan ended up dead in the process, according to the police.