THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has formally recommended the filing of drug charges against four Chinese nationals who were arrested in raids on two mega shabu laboratories in San Fernando City, Pampanga in September.
Police consider the arrest of the four suspects as one of the biggest in the government’s fight against illegal drugs, as they managed to seize some P 7–billion worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu from the two laboratories.
Indicted for violation of Sections 8 and 9 of RA 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 for the manufacture and possession of illegal drugs were Xiamen natives Jason Lee, Willy Yap and Near Tan and Ying Ying Huang from Fujian, China.
No bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the four suspects.
In a 14-page resolution, Assistant State Prosecutor Michael Vito Cruz found sufficient evidence against the Chinese nationals who were positively identified by the arresting officers.
“Positive declarations prevail over bare denial. . . the evidence submitted sufficiently shows that upon the implementation of the search warrants dangerous drugs were found in the place subject of the search warrant,” Vito Cruz stated.
The resolution was approved by Senior Asst. State Prosecutor Lilian Doris Alejo, of the DOJ Task Force on Anti-Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and was also signed for approval by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano.
Records showed that the police operations started around 12:30 p.m. with a search of the first warehouse in Greenville Subdivision, Barangay San Jose, that resulted in the arrest of Lee, Yap and Tan and the seizure of some 910 kilograms of shabu.
The raiding team then proceeded to the second warehouse located at Rome St. corner Moscow St, Richtown 1 Subdivision, Brgy. Sindalan where Huang was nabbed and at least 250 kgs of shabu were recovered.
“It is clear that respondents Jayson Lee, Near Tan, and Jun Lee acted in conspiracy with one another, and each one of them performed overt acts in furtherance of their ultimate goal which is the operation of a clandestine laboratory, manufacturing dangerous drugs,” the recommendation continued.