Initial probe on raps vs 6 suspects in San Juan drug raid set Tuesday
MANILA, Jan. 2 (PNA) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) will conduct preliminary investigation on Tuesday on the drug trafficking charges against six suspects including three Chinese nationals in connection to seizure of some 500 kilos of shabu worth around PHP3 billion in San Juan City last December 23.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed a violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against three Chinese nationals identified as Shi Gui Xiong, 44; Che Wen De alias Jackie Tan, 44; Wu Li Yong alias David Go, 44 while the three other were Abdullah Jamal, 33; Salim Arafat, 19; and Rasher Jamal, 19.
The three Chinese nationals will also be facing raps for violation of section 8 and in relation to Section 26 Article 2 of Republic Act no. 9165 otherwise known as the Dangerous Drugs Act 2002.
The suspects will face investigating prosecutors at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for preliminary investigation hearing on charges of violations of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).
They are required to submit their answers to charges of manufacture, trading, delivery, distribution, possession and transportation of illegal drugs.
Assisted by a public attorney, they opted to answer the charges in a preliminary investigation as they waived their right to immediate resolution of charges for their immediate release.
All six suspects were charged before the DOJ last Dec. 27. They underwent inquest proceedings before Assistant State Prosecutors Mary Jane Sytat and Ethel Rhea Suril.
An inquest is a summary investigation conducted by a public prosecutor in a criminal case involving a person arrested and detained without the benefit of a warrant of arrest for the purpose of determining whether the person should remain under custody and be charged in court.
The NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs (TFAID) the complainant, served a search warrant to the suspects last Dec. 23 at the 309 Mangga Street corner Infanta in Barangay Little Baguio where they found plastic bags containing shabu.
After one month of surveillance, operatives confirmed the information and applied for a search warrant.
The suspects were caught inside the warehouse which they have been occupying for months.
Operatives found 500 kilos of shabu inside the wareshouse.
The suspects are currently detained in NBI headquarters. (PNA)