NBI files drug raps vs. 9 for alleged involvement in P6.4-B shabu shipment

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The complaint says the subjects caused the importation of the drugs from China "through their indispensable cooperation". (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — The National Bureau of Investigation filed a complaint against nine individuals at the Justice Department over their alleged involvement in the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China.

Filipino-Chinese businessman Chen Lu Jong (alias Richard Chen) and private customs fixer Mark Ruben Taguba II are facing charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, the NBI said in its complaint dated August 14.

Chen is the owner of Hong Fei Logistics, whose warehouse in Valenzuela City was the site where five wooden crates containing huge cylinders meant for printing machines were sent. Upon inspection by the Bureau of Customs and the NBI, the cylinders contained 604 kgs of shabu in plastic bags.

Chen, also known as Richard Tan, and Taguba are among the central characters along with top Bureau of Customs officials in an ongoing senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on the smuggling attempt.

Other persons named in the NBI complaint include Li Guang Feng (alias Manny Li),  Taiwanese nationals Chen I. Myin and Jhu Minh Jyun, Richard Chen's warehouse caretaker Fidel Anoche Dee, businessman Dong Yi Shen (alias Kenneth Dong),customs broker Teejay Marcellana, and owner of EMT Trading Eirene May Tatad.

"Subjects, through their indispensable cooperation, caused the importation of five wooden crates from China," the complaint read.

The NBI also recommended filing criminal cases against Taguba, Li, and Dong over violations of the Customs Broker Act of 2004.

"Subjects Li, Dong, and Taguba are engaged in the practice of customs brokers for providing their services as consultants on the preparation of documents for the importation of HONGFEI, notwithstanding that they are not registered as customs brokers with the Professional Regulation Commission," the NBI complaint added.

Dong was arrested Tuesday by the NBI after the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing over rape charges.

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Chen and Li have been in senate custody since August 9 and will remain there until a hold-departure order is issued by the Bureau of Immigration, senate committee chairman Richard Gordon said Tuesday.

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