THE Makati Regional Trial Court yesterday convicted a mid-level member of Sinaloa drug cartel for trafficking P12 million worth of illegal drugs.
Judge Selma Palacio Alaras sentenced Mexican Horacio Herrera to life imprisonment and to pay a fine of P500,000 up to P10 million.
Herrera was arrested by the Special Enforcement Service of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and seized from him cocaine worth P12 million in 2015 during a buy-bust operation in Makati City.
The Sinaloa drug cartel is believed to be the largest distributor of cocaine in the world. Its leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted on Tuesday in New York for drug trafficking.
Herrera was a mid-level member of the infamous cartel engaged in the supply of shabu, ecstacy and cocaine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice welcomed the conviction of Herrera.
“The Department welcomes the conviction handed down by Judge Alaras and congratulates its prosecutors for handling this case well. It is through their efforts, as well as that of our law enforcers, that we are able to keep our communities safe,” the DoJ said in a statement.
Chinese-Filipino nabbed with P13.6M shabu.
Undercover operatives of PDEA yesterday arrested two suspected big-time Chinese-Filipino drug traffickers in Metro Manila following a buy-bust in Quezon City.
PDEA chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino said over two kilograms of suspected shabu worth P13.6 million were seized from suspects Patrick Bankee and Alexander Jun Wah Ting Lee, 40, both businessmen-residents of Sucat, Parañaque City.
The PDEA-SES arrested the suspects at No. 33 Don Ramon Street in Talayan Village, Q.C. at around 2 a.m.
Recovered from the suspects were two kilos of shabu, 15 small heat-sealed plastic sachets containing the same drugs, the boodle money topped by several marked P1,000 bills, four mobile phones and different ATM cards.
The sting was conducted after two weeks of surveillance.
The suspects will be facing non-bailable charge for trafficking and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
With Alfred Dalizon