Life imprisonment handed down to San Juan drug raid suspects

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FILE PHOTO. Almost 900 kilos of shabu were seized in San Juan City last December 2016.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) — A local court on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment six suspects arrested in a 2016 raid in San Juan City that yeilded one of biggest drug hauls under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pasig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 264 Acting Presiding Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada handed a guilty verdict against three Chinese nationals and three Filipinos arrested in the raid in December.

The National Bureau of Investigation raid confiscated 890 kilograms of high grade methamphetamine chloride or shabu worth P6 billion, as well as drug paraphernalia of a syndicate known as Red Dragon.

The local court, in a resolution, said it found the accused guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of illegal transport of drugs.

It also ordered Chinese nationals Chen Wen De alias Jacky Tan, Wu Li Yong alias David Go, Shi Gui Xiong alias Xiong, and the three Filipinos— Salim Arafat, Basher Jamal, and Abdullah Jahmal — to pay a fine of P10 million.

In January 2017, suspects Arafat, Basher Jamal, and Abdullah Jamal submitted a counter-affidavit denying allegations of their ownership of the drugs seized in the raid.

The court also found the three foreigners guilty in two other cases— illegally manufacturing and illegal possession of dangerous drugs. The court handed them life sentences and P10 million fine for each of the two cases.

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The said raid was considered as one of the first big time anti-drug operations under Duterte's administration.