Cases filed vs Mexican drug cartel members

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed charges before a Lipa City court against four individuals in connection with the drug raid last Christmas at a ranch owned by the relatives of former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste.

Charged were Jorge Gomez Torres and Gary Ting Tang for the distribution and illegal possession of dangerous drugs.

Both are also facing charges, along with Mexicans Jaime Ibarra Sanchez and Carlos Estollano Ochoa, for transportation of dangerous drugs. The Mexicans remain at large while Tang is under police custody.

Torres, now the subject of a manhunt, is allegedly linked to the notorious Mexican Sinaloa drug syndicate.

He rented the LPL Ranch in Lipa City from LBJ Development Corporation, a company owned by Leviste’s relatives, for P18,150 a month beginning June 2013.

The raid yielded 84 kilos of shabu worth P420 million as members of the Leviste clan denied knowledge of the illegal drug operations in the ranch.

Charges against farm caretakers Arjay and Rochelle Argenos were junked for lack of probable cause. (Sunnex)

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