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HEADLINE  PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY March 1 - 15, 2018 Two Canadians get life sentence in Philippines over illegal drugs Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. The court also ordered Riach and Shirazi to pay a fine of $10,000 each for possession of $20 million worth of cocaine, Ecstasy tablets and shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride (crystal meth). Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested the two Canadians in a sting operation involving claimed they were legitimate P100 worth of illegal drugs businessmen. in Makati on January 8, 2014. The two Canadians also Follow-up operations led to the recovery of a big stash of illegal claimed that the assorted drugs drugs including Ecstasy tablets, seized from their condominium cocaine and shabu inside two units were planted by the raiding team. A Metro Manila regional court the regional court in Makati City units occupied by the Canadians The court ruled that the has sentenced to life imprisonment imposed life sentences on James in a luxury condo in Makati. evidence recovered from the The NBI agents were armed two Canadians over illegal drug Riach and Ali Memar Mortrazavi with a search warrant issued by Canadians was “substantial and not charges. Shirazi. common substances to assume The two Canadians are Riach is said to be a member a Makati regional court following them to be planted evidence”. believed to have links with a Mexican of the Independent Soldiers gang reports that the Canadians Riach survived a targeted belonged to a notorious Mexican drug cartel, and they were arrested in British Columbia, Canada. shooting in August 2011 in for possession of $20 million worth Riach and Shirazi were drug cartel that wanted to expand Kelowna, B.C. that killed gangster in Southeast Asia. of illegal drugs in 2014. found guilty beyond reasonable its operations Joel_AsianNewsToday_print.pdf 1 2017-10-05 3:46 PM During the trial, the accused Jonathan Bacon. On February 28, 2018, doubt for violating the country’s     I   II| I I& I 58*/4 Only their customers can tell them apart. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K A 5 STAR SERVICE WWW.PHILIPPINEASIANNEWSTODAY.COM