DOJ files new raps vs Customs fixer Taguba, bizmen involved in P6.4-B shabu smuggling

January 31, 2018 - 1:56 PM
Customs fixer Mark Taguba annotates his presentation of money that changed hands at Customs in one appearance at the Senate Blue Ribbon inquiry into BOC corruption and the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu through the BOC's Green Lane. FILE PHOTO BY MONG PINTOLO, PHIL. STAR

MANILA – The Department of Justice has filed a second set of charges against those implicated in the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling from China that passed through the Green Lane of the Bureau of Customs.

The DOJ filed with the Valenzuela Regional Trial Court charges of violation of section 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Law, on the transportation and delivery of dangerous drugs.

Charged were businessmen Richard Tan, Manny Li, Kenneth Dong, Chen i-Min, Jhu Ming Jyun, and Chen Rong Huan.

Also charged were Customs fixers Mark Taguba and Teejay Marcellana, and the proprietor of EMT Trading, Eirene Mae Tatad.

Based on the DOJ resolution, there is probable cause to charge these people with violation of Section 5.

Between May 23 and May 24, the accused allegedly conspired to transport and deliver 602.2 kilograms of shabu.

The DOJ recommended no bail.

Among those tapped by DOJ as witnesses were former Customs intelligence chief Col. Neil Estrella, and several agents of the NBI and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration who went to the Valenzuela warehouse where the drugs – concealed in printing cylinders – were brought after clearing Customs in Manila.

The warehouse owner, Emily Anoche Dee, and caretaker Fidel Anoche Dee were also tapped as witnesses.