The owner of an import company allegedly behind the multibillion-peso shabu smuggling was arrested on February 02, 2018. Eirene Mae Tatad of EMT Trading was nabbed by the National Bureau of Investigation in Iloilo City.
Tatad is one of the accused in the PhP 6.4-billion drug cases filed by the Justice Department. One of the biggest hauls of smuggled drugs in the country that have slipped through the Bureau of Customes is the 604-kilograms shabu shipment.
“Kiniclear ko po yung sinasabi po ng iba na nagtago po ako. Hindi po ako nagtago. Actually kahapon ko lang po nalaman na may warrant of arrest ako,” Tatad said.
The arrested is a licensed teacher and claims that she worked with Customs fixer Mark Taguba as “consignee for hire” in exchange for the PhP 1,500 fee per container. According to the House Committee on Ways and Means, this makes Taguba the real importer, using EMT trading as front.
Mark Taguba was ordered to be detained at Manila City jail and he repeatedly denied the drug shipment came from his container vans.
An arrest warrant against Tatad, Taguba, and six others over the importation, transportation and delivery of dangerous drugs was issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court. They will face a lifetime in prison and a fine of up to P10 million, when they get convicted.