DOJ sets January deadline on P6.4B shabu mess probe

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2017 04:30 PM

MANILA - The justice department has given the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and several individuals charged with smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of illicit drugs up to January 4, 2018 to submit their respective memoranda, after which the case shall be submitted for resolution.

The case is in connection with the complaint on violations of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act filed by the bureau against alleged customs fixer Mark Ruben Taguba II; businessman Kenneth Dong; Philippine Hongfei Logistics Group of Companies Inc. chairman Chen Ju Long aka "Richard Tan" or "Richard Chen;" Eirene May Tatad, owner of shipment consignee EMT Trading; Taiwanese nationals Chen Min and Jhu Ming Jyun; warehouseman Fidel Anoche Dee; customs broker Teejay Marcellana; and Manny Li. 

Several unidentified individuals were also charged.

The total weight of the smuggled “shabu” from China is 602.2-kilos seized at the Hongfei Logistics warehouse on May 26. 

Respondents, except for Dee, were earlier indicted before the Valenzuela City Regional Trial Court for the importation of dangerous drugs.

Customs officials charged with the same offense were cleared by the justice department.