DOJ charges two Taiwanese caught with drugs

DOJ charges two Taiwanese caught with drugs

- The DOJ has found probable cause to indict two Taiwanese nationals for violation of Philippine Drug Law

- The general prosecutors office has approved the recommendation to file charges against the suspects

- The suspects were found with over 300 kilograms of shabu during a raid in Las Piñas City

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has discovered enough probable cause to indict two Taiwanese nationals over drug-related charges.

The suspected foreign criminals are accused of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act after getting caught in a raid last July 5 in Las Piñas with over 300 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride or more popularly known in the streets as "shabu".

Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez, in a 14-page resolution dated July 8, 2016, made recommendations to file court charges against the two Taiwan nationals, namely Tsai Shih-Ming and Cheng Kuo Chuan for manufacturing and possessing the illegal and dangerous substance.

Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon and Prosecutor General Claro Arellano then approved the endorsement.

The resolution mentioned of the abundance of the illegal substance and the seriousness it entailed.

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"The plentitude of evidence presented translucently and adequately established that respondents Cheng Kuo-Chuan aka Art/Aaron and Tsai Shih Ming, not being authorized by law, had full knowledge that the white crystalline substance with a total registered weight of forty-six point eight five kilograms (46.85 kg) and the brownish substance with a total registered weight of two hundred sixty-three point zero eight kilograms (263.08 kg), or in the aggregate amount of three hundred nine point nine three kilograms (309.93 kg) of methamphetamine hydrochloride or 'shabu' found and seized in the house they were occupying is a dangerous drug," the resolution read.

The multiplicity of the possessed drugs implied that the two Taiwanese were not just coincidentally found with the drugs but actually had control over them.

"Both had control and dominion over this perilous item," the resolution furthered.

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In the meantime, the DOJ dropped the charge of ''Manufacture or Delivery of Equipment, Instrument, Apparatus, and Other Paraphernalia for Dangerous Drugs and/or Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals" because of the lack of evidence proving that the respondents were actually manufacturing the drugs themselves."

The possession and use of dangerous drugs are dealt with the law differently as opposed to the greater offense of manufacturing the illegal substance.

Under Section 10 of RA 9165, the manufacturing of illegal substance may entail imprisonment ranging from 12-20 years and a fine that ranges from P100,000 to P500,000. - SK, Kami Media

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