DOJ OKs raps vs American with 'shabu Pajero'

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2013 03:13 PM | Updated as of Feb 05 2013 11:13 PM

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has found probable cause to indict American Kevin Bryan Hills for violations of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for the alleged possession of P50 million worth of shabu.

In a 12-page resolution by Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera and Associate Prosecution Attorney Anna Noreen Devanadera, approved by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the DOJ recommended Hills' indictment without bail.

Agents of  the Philippine National Police Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) last Nov. 20 allegedly seized some 10 kilos of shabu from Hills' rented condominium and a Pajero parked in a slot assigned to Hills.

It was learned that Hills' car was a Napocor-owned vehicle issued to Atty. Antonio Mariano Almeda, former chief of staff of Rep. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo. Almeda, however, pointed out that he returned the vehicle to Napocor in 2009.

Inquest proceedings were held on November 22 but Hills asked for a full-blown preliminary investigation.

In his defense, Hills claimed that he was the "wrong target" of the AIDSOTF operation. He said the "real target" was supposedly a certain "Phil."

Hills also claimed there was no "test buy" between him and the operatives at 9 p.m. on November 7 since he was having dinner with relatives in Baclaran at the time to belatedly celebrate his birthday.

His camp also cast doubt on why the AIDSOTF conducted the actual raid on November 20, 13 days after the supposed November 7 "test buy" and 8 days after the search warrant was issued by the trial court. With a report from Alex Calda, ABS-CBN News