10 persons charged with ‘illegal transport’ of shabu worth P11-B

Published March 17, 2022, 2:35 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

National Bureau of Investigation

Ten persons who were arrested in Infanta, Quezon last March 15 for “transporting” some P11-billion worth of shabu have been charged with violations of Republic Act No. 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In a statement, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said a government prosecutor went to the NBI detention center in Manila at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, and conducted the inquest proceeding.

An inquest proceeding is a summary investigation conducted by a public prosecutor in criminal cases involving persons arrested and detained without a warrant of arrest.

NBI Public Information Office (PIO) Chief Nicanor V. Suarez confirmed that the inquest proceeding was conducted.

Subjected to inquest proceeding were Jamelanie Samsono, Reynante Alpuerto, Jenard Samson, Mark Brayn Abonita, Dante Manoso, Kenneth Abonita, Marvin Gallardo, Eugene Pandoma, Alvin Evardo, and Jaymante Gallaro.

After their arrest, they were detained at the NBI center in Manila.

If there is probable cause (act or omission complained of constitutes the offense charged), criminal charges will be filed against the 10 suspects in court.

The NBI statement did not say if the 10 suspects presented their side on the “transportation of shabu” for which they were arrested, detained and charged.

In an earlier statement, the NBI said the 10 suspects were arrested at around 4 a.m. in Barangay Comon in Infanta last March 15 aboard three commuter vans.

It said the suspects have in their possession 1,589 tea bags containing methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu.

“Unprecedented and historic, considering the volume and amount, as of date, this is the biggest drug haul in Philippine history, which was made possible through the sterling leadership of NBI OIC (Officer-in-Charge)-Director Eric B. Distor and ARD (Assistant Regional Director) Roel S. Bolivar, OIC of Intelligence Service,” the NBI said.

It said the operation was conducted based on an information given by a tipster.