Junk shabu mess case, Faeldon urges DoJ

  • Written by Hector Lawas
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FORMER Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has asked the Department of Justice to dismiss the
complaint filed against him over the P6.4 billion shabu mess.

In a joint memorandum, Faeldon and his co-respondent Jelina Maree Magsuci urged the DoJ to
junk the case filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for insufficiency of evidence.
Also he claimed that the affidavits supporting the complaint were based on hearsay.
The case stemmed from the discovery of 604 kilograms of  methamphetamine hydrochloride,
locally known as shabu,  found on May 26 during a raid on a warehouse of Hongfei Logistics in
Valenzuela City.
The shabu shipment managed to enter the country through the Bureau of Customs (BoC) after
being declared  as  kitchenware,  footwear and moldings.
Under the PDEA complaint filed before the DoJ, Faeldon and co-respondents are accused
of conspiracy to import illegal drugs and protecting or coddling of drug traffickers in violation
of Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Apart from the drug charges, Faeldon and other respondents are also  accused of obstruction of
justice under Presidential Decree No. 1829  for harboring or concealing, or facilitating the escape of
the persons behind the drug shipment; for negligence and tolerance under Article 208 of the Revised
Penal Code; and for violating Section 3 of Republic Act 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices
The DoJ has already concluded its preliminary investigation of the PDEA complaint and has
submitted the case for resolution.