Five Taiwanese citizens in the Philippines sentenced to life after 2012 arrest in amphetamine lab

nsnbc : A local court in the Philippines handed down life sentences plus 4 million pesos (US$ 80,800) fines to each, for illegally possessing and manufacturing drugs. The five were arrested in 2012 in an underground amphetamine lab.

Philippines_Amphetamine bust 2012_(archives)The five were arrested during a raid at an amphetamine kitchen in Parañaque City five years ago. Judge Danilo Suarez of Branch 259 of the Parañaque Regional Trial Court, concluded that all five men were guilty of violating the Philippines’ Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

The unlucky amphetamine kooks have been identified as Cheng Yu-teng, Tsai Horng-jen, Yu Kun-lin, Huang Yung-chun and Hsu Yun-pong. They will be transferred to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa once their commitment orders are ready.

The raid on the amphetamine kitchen was conducted on August 19, 2012, in a joint operation of Philippine police and Taiwan’s Investigation Bureau. The five were arrested while police confiscated 20 kilograms of amphetamines as well as semi-finished drugs.

The market value has been estimated at 150 million pesos. The drugs were delivered to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for disposal. Taiwan’s representative office in the Philippines was informed about the case and any necessary humanitarian assistance will be provided to these Taiwanese men if necessary. According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines, there are 55 Taiwanese constrained in the Philippines for drug trafficking and one died of cancer last year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are all reporting epidemic levels of amphetamine use / abuse. The WHO is especially worried at the fact that there are signs that the percentage of amphetamine users who use the drug intravenously now represent the majority of all new registered treatment cases.

Chronic usage is associated with methamphetamine psychosis and related adverse consequences including social isolation, mental health issues, infectious diseases including hepatitis and HIV among intravenous users, poverty, drug-related crimes to finance the drug, drug-related violence, suicides,, overdoses, and other reasons for premature deaths.

CH/L – nsnbc 28.07.2017

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