The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) believes that it has sufficient evidence to pin down three Taiwanese arrested in separate drug busts last week.
Shih Ming Tsai, 38, Kuo Chuan Cheng alias Art/Aaron, 32, and Chun Ming Lin alias Allen, 27, were charged at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The PDEA also filed additional charges against Tsai and Cheng for violating Article II, Sec. 8 (Manufacture of Dangerous Drugs) and Sec. 10 (Manufacture or Delivery of Equipment, Instrument, Apparatus and other Paraphernalia for Dangerous Drugs), Sec. 11 (Possession) and Sec. 15 (Use of Dangerous Drugs) of RA 9165.
Tsai and Cheng were arrested in a house at Philamlife Village in Pamplona Dos in Las Piñas City (Metro Manila) while Lin was nabbed inside a unit of the Executive Villagers Society at BF Homes, Phase 5 in Parañaque City (Metro Manila).
The three were arrested on the strength of a warrant issued by Judge Fernando Sagun Jr. of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.
The PDEA said it has “overwhelming” evidence against the three.
PDEA agents seized 100 kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P1.7 billion when they swooped down on the house in Las Piñas.
The agency said the two Taiwanese also tested positive for shabu.
An affidavit of one PDEA agent noted, “The team went to the target premises and arrived around 6:15 p.m. of July 5, 2016. We then announced our presence as we approached the target premise but no one allowed us admittance so we jumped over the gate and forced open the door of the said house.”
A PDEA report said agents also discovered during the raid three gas tanks and three reaction vessels, believed to be drug laboratory equipment. PDEA agents found in a separate room of the house sacks of sodium acetate, sacks of barium sulfate, sacks of caustic soda flakes, a gas stove and plastic containers with traces of white crystalline substance and clear liquid.
Another room of the house yielded a brown substance suspected to be liquid meth.
In the Parañaque operation, PDEA agents seized self-sealing plastic, boxes and tape dispensers containing either white crystalline substance or white powdery substance.
The Taiwanese are being held at the PDEA detention center in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City (Metro Manila).