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20 Chinese, Taiwanese nabbed in alleged drug den

/ 12:08 PM March 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Twenty Taiwanese and Chinese nationals have been arrested and charged with running an illegal drug den under the guise of a KTV bar in Pasay City, police said.

Armed with a search warrant issued by a Pasay court, a team of policemen from the Southern Police District raided the Blue Bird KTV bar at Lifestyle 2 Building of the Hobbies of Asia Mall on Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City early Saturday, according to a belated police report on the incident that was released only on Tuesday.

The report said some of the foreigners were caught in the act of sniffing cocaine.

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The foreigners, including the owners and employees of the KTV Bar, underwent inquest proceedings on Tuesday on charges of violating sections 6 and 7 of the RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 which penalizes those found maintaining and visiting a den used for illegal drugs.

Chief Inspector Marlon Quimno, who led the raiding team, said a significant amount of white powdery substance believed to be cocaine and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the suspects.

“We got a report from a concerned citizen about the KTV bar being used as a drug den. For three months, we did surveillance to verify the report and it was true,” Quimno told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview.

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