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    Cavite beach resort that housed shabu lab found forfeited to govt - AMLC


    MANILA, Philippines -- A more than 2,500-square meter beach resort in Tanza, Cavite where authorities found a laboratory for the manufacture of crystal meth, or shabu, has been ordered forfeited in favor of government, the Anti-Money Laundering Council said.




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    A statement from the AMLC also said Judge Emily R. Aliño-Geluz of the Regional Trial Court Branch 23 in Trece Martires, in a judgment last November, also ordered the funds in the bank account of Li Lan Yan, alias Jackson Dy, Jackson Lozano, Allan Lee, and Allan Sy, forfeited.

    Li was charged along with other alleged members of a drug syndicate after the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force raided his resort and dismantled the shabu laboratory. He has also been convicted on similar drug charges by a court in Paranaque City.

    In a Decision promulgated on 4 November 2016, , Acting Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 23, Trece Martires City, Cavite, ordered the forfeiture in favor of the government of a beach resort used as a clandestine shabu laboratory in Tanza, Cavite, and the funds in defendant’s bank account.


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    The AMLC conducted an investigation of Li on the request of the AIDSOTF, now known as the police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, which also asked the body to freeze and institute forfeiture proceedings against his assets.

    The investigation “revealed that Li Lan Yan bought the beach resort using proceeds derived from his illegal drug business. The forfeited cash in his bank account also came from the drug business and part of the money that was used to buy one of the lots came from this bank account,” the AMLC said.



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    Agreeing with the AMLC that “the relation between the properties and bank account of Li Lan Yan and his unlawful activity has been sufficiently established,” the court ordered the forfeiture.

    The ruling said the finding of guilt for an unlawful activity is not an essential element of civil forfeiture and, therefore, need not await the outcome of the criminal cases against Li.A




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