The case stemmed from the raid led by the operatives of the BOC, PDEA, and the National Bureau of Investigation at a warehouse in Valenzuela City. Seized in the operation are 604 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.The shipment was declared as kitchenware, footwear and moldings, as it slipped through the BOC. Edd Gumban
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice has filed fresh charges against customs broker Mark Taguba and other traders over the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment that slipped through Customs.
State prosecutors have filed sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of dangerous drugs charges against Taguba and the following individuals:
Chen Ju Long a.k.a. Richard Tan or Richard Chen
Li Guang Feng a.k.a. Manny Li
Dong Yi Shen a.k.a. Kenneth Dong or Yi Shan Dong
Eirene Mae Tatad
Jhu Ming Jyun
Chen Rong Huan
"That between 23rd and 24th day of May 2017, in the Valenzuela City and within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, and the above-named accused, in conspiracy with each other, did then and there jointly, knowingly, willfully and feloniously and without authority of law transport, convey and deliver 602.279 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride otherwise known as shabu, a dangerous drug," the information or charge sheet reads.
Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes, in a message to reporters, said that the charges were filed before the Valenzuela City regional trial court on Tuesday, January 30.
The nine individuals are facing a separate charge of drug importation before a Manila court.
Former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon was earlier tagged in the case as one of the respondents.
The DOJ, however, dropped Faeldon's name along with several other members of the National Bureau of Investigation-Anti Organized Crime Division from the case.
State prosecutors noted that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency failed to "state with clarity the acts or omission supposedly committed by the above-named BOC respondents that would constitute violation of the offense charged."
Faeldon is now deputy administrator for the Office of Civil Defense Deputy. He is also in detention after the Senate cited him for contempt.
The case stemmed from the raid led by the operatives of the BOC, PDEA and the NBI at a warehouse in Valenzuela City. Seized in the operation were 604 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu. The shipment was declared as kitchenware, footwear and moldings.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee held its latest hearing on the issue on January 29.