Global One (G1)— Philippine authorities have arrested the alleged middleman in the multi-billion peso drug shipment that bypassed customs checkpoints in Manila in 2017.
National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin confirmed the arrest of Filipino-Chinese businessman Kenneth Dong on Feb. 4.
Dong is among the 12 people charged by prosecutors in January 2018 for their alleged involvement in the ₱6.4 billion methamphetamine shipment seized in a Valenzuela warehouse.
In May 2017, authorities confiscated over 600 kg (1,300 lbs) of meth — locally known as shabu — in one of the country’s largest drug hauls in recent years.
Customs broker Mark Taguba told a Senate panel investigating the case Dong arranged the transfer of the shipment with Richard Tan — the alleged owner of the warehouse where the drugs were found.
The Manila Regional Trial Court issued arrest warrants to seven other personalities involved in the case.