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Customs conduit Mark Taguba et al face more raps

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Government prosecutors recommended the indictment of controversial customs conduit Mark Taguba and several others, tagged in the hugely-controversial P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China, for alleged violation of the Customs Modernization and Tarriffs Act (CMTA).

In a 26-page resolution, the Department of Justice found prima facie evidence against Taguba, Chen Julong aka Richard Tan, chairman and general manager of freight forwarder Hongfei; Irene Mae A. Tatad, owner of EMT Trading; broker Teejay A. Marcellana; Li Guang Feng alias Manny Li; Dong Yi Shen alias Kenneth Dong; Fidel Anoche Dee; Chen I. Min and Jhu Ming Jyun.

The DoJ bared the respondents acted in conspiracy of bringing into the country the illegal drugs from China.

“Respondents’ defense that they were not aware that the shipment they received contained dangerous drugs deserves scant consideration. What matters is that they committed act/s which has a vital connection to the chain of conspiracy, that without such act, the unlawful importation would be unsuccessful,” the resolution read.

The case stemmed from the discovery of the shabu shipment at the Hong Fei Logistics warehouse in Valenzuela City on May 26, 2017.

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