Prosecution submits preliminary investigation on drug cases vs Lapeña

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Isidro Lapena-Customs

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) prosecution panel has wrapped up the preliminary investigation and submitted for resolution the complaints over the alleged the smuggling of shabu (methamphetamine) in the country that was kept in magnetic lifters in Aug. 2018. The consolidated complaints up for resolution were filed separately by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Bureau of Investigation. The NBI filed its complaint last Jan. 24 against former Bureau of Customs chief and now Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director-General Isidro S. Lapeña in connection with the importation of P2.4-billion of shabu kept in two magnetic lifters found at the Manila International Container Port and the P11-billion worth of shabu in four magnetic lifters found in Cavite. Mr. Lapeña is charged with two counts each of graft, dereliction of duty, and grave misconduct, while 50 others were also charged by the NBI. The PDEA filed separate complaints in Aug. and Dec. 2018. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas