Pasig court convicts 3 Chinese nationals behind biggest drug haul in history
The Pasig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has meted out life sentences against three Chinese nationals implicated in what was said to be the biggest haul of shabu (crystal meth) in the country’s history.
Convicted for three counts each of illegal drug trading in violation of Section 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act were Che Wen De alias Jacky Tan, Wu Li Yong alias David Go, and Shi Gui Xiong alias Xiong. They were also ordered to pay a fine of P30 million each.
Branch 264 Acting Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada also handed down life sentences against their co-accused Salim Arafat, Basher Jamal and Abdullah Jahmal, for one count each of illegal drug trading. They were each fined P1 million.
The case arose from three consecutive raids conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Task Force Against Drugs and police operatives in three different locations in San Juan City in December 2016. A total of 793.238 kilograms of shabu, worth more than P6 billion, was seized.
The court gave weight to the testimonies of government agents regarding the transport and movement of the seized drugs, saying they “had no ill motive against the accused for accusing them of such serious charge.”
It also said the prosecution was able to establish the authorities’ compliance with the chain of custody on the inventory of the seized illegal drugs under Section 21 of the anti-narcotics law. It noted that “the accused admitted and stipulated the confiscated drug items.”
“The integrity of the evidence is presumed to be preserved unless there is a showing of bad faith, ill will or proof that the evidence was tampered or meddled with,” the court said.