By Ria Fernandez
A caretaker of a Valenzuela warehouse, where the P6.4-billion shabu allegedly shipped from China last May 2017 was found by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents, has pleaded not guilty to drug smuggling charges before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 21.
During his arraignment on Wednesday, Fidel Anoche Dee denied his involvement in the unlawful importation and delivery of over 600-kgs. of illegal drugs from the port in Manila to Valenzuela City a year ago.
Dee, along with customs broker Mark Taguba and others, faces charges in violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in the Court.
He also has a pending non-bailable case for alleged possession of illegal drugs.
At the time of the drug raid, Dee said he was at his sister’s old house, rented as a warehouse by Taiwanese “Jun Wang” and “Jhu Ming Jyun”, to guard the arrival of the shipment that he thought to contain kitchen utensils.
Since then, he has been in jail while the two managed to escape.