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A 41-year-old Filipino businessman from Imus, Cavite was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking.
Voting 6 to 1, the jury found Bernard Garcia guilty of trafficking 9 kilos of heroin and morphine.
Judge Derek Pang imposed a 28-year prison term on Garcia for the “staggering quantity of drugs” and added two years for the importation of drugs from abroad.
“The starting point in this case is one of 30 years: 28 years for the quantity of drugs and 2 years as enhancement for international trafficking,” Pang said.
“As the defendant contested the case and can offer no mitigation, that figure stands. The defendant will go to prison for 30 years.”
Garcia kept his head down when the sentence was read.
Pang told the jury yesterday the key issue was whether Garcia knew that he had imported dangerous drugs into Hong Kong.
Garcia was arrested on July 28, 2011 for allegedly bringing in 19.67 kilos of drug mixture: 7.95 kilos of heroin and 1.05 kilos of morphine.
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