CRIMINAL charges were filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday against the six men arrested during a raid in a house in Subic, Zambales on Sunday where a 432-kilogram shipment of shabu worth over P2 billion was seized.
The accused charged and put into inquest proceedings were Joselito Esqueta, Coronel Disierto, Emmanuel Erwin Tobias, Dennis Domingo, Albert Chin and Romeo Manalo.
They were charged with possession and attempt to deliver illegal drugs punishable under Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act).
The complainants to the case were their arresting officers led by the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF).
It was stated in their affidavit of complaint that the respondents were arrested at around 1 p.m. on Sunday inside a house at Block 10 Lot 5 and 7, Jasmine Street in Santa Monica Subdivision after they received a tip about the arrival of a shipment of shabu at the Subic Free Port.
The PNP has disclosed that of the 432 kilos of shabu, 100 kilos were placed in two balikbayan boxes. On the other hand, the rest of the contraband were packed in 22 bags loaded in a white Nissan Urvan parked in Sta. Monica Subdivision in Barangay Santo Tomas.
DOJ Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera conducted the inquest proceedings.
Among the evidence presented by the police were pictures of illegal drugs that were hidden in sealed balikbayan boxes and gym bag and packed like teabags.
With this, the respondents has agreed to issue a waiver which gives the prosecutor, under the rules, the authority to conduct a formal preliminary investigation instead of filing the case directly to court.
The first hearing on the preliminary investigation shall be set on August 20 and will be required to submit counter-affidavits.