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4 Filipinos nabbed in Palau for drug trafficking, possession

/ 02:33 AM January 01, 2016

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SAN FRANCISCO–Four Filipino nationals were charged before the Palau Supreme Court on Christmas Eve for allegedly trafficking and possessing illegal drugs. Palau is a Western Pacific republic in free association with the U.S.

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The Office of the Attorney General filed four counts of Trafficking a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance against Clemencio Quiban, Roel Pamatian, Bonifacio Macuha and Marcelo Cueto.

The four were arrested in two major undercover operations conducted by the Belau Drug Enforcement Task Force (BDETF) between December 23 and 24, according to a report from Island Times in the city of Koror.

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The Filipinos were reportedly working for Palau International Traders Incorporated (PITI), a local fishing company.

Police said an informant told the Task Force that a male Filipino identified as Cueto was trying to sell eight grams of “Ice” for $8,000. Undercover operatives nabbed Cueto and Macuha as they tried to sell the methamphetamine.

Quiban and Pamatian were nabbed in a similar undercover operation. They allegedly had in their possession over 32 grams of meth that they tried to sell to police operatives at the PITI barracks.

According to Bechab, Quiban arranged a meeting at the PITI barracks to pay Pamatian for the sale of drugs.

A BDETF officers said more arrests and drug busts are expected soon.

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TAGS: Belau Drug Enforcement Task Force (BDETF), Bonifacio Macuha, Clemencio Quiban, Marcelo Cueto, Palau drug arrest of Filipinos, Palau International Traders Incorporated (PITI), Palau Office of the Attorney General, Palau Supreme Court, Roel Pamatian
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