The Office of Attorney General has filed criminal charges against four Bangladesh nationals accused of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (marijuana) and Possession of a Controlled Substance in connection to the police raid in Peleliu last week, which resulted in the seizure of 635 marijuana plants and over $18,000 in cash.
Three of the four individuals have been served their charging documents. Defendants Abu Tarek Raju, Safiqul Islam, and Abu Yousuf pled not guilty to all charges leveled against them.
Police statements in the charging documents stated that based on investigations and controlled buys, search warrants were obtained to search the two transport boats and the residence of the accused.
Narcotic Enforcement Agency (NEA) officers found Mr. Safiqul Islam with a cigarette roller and papers and $4,610 USD. Marked money used in the controlled buy was included in the cash obtained from Islam. Mr. Abu Raju had in his possession $13,503 USD, 34 ounces of marijuana loose buds, and 61 hand-rolled joints. Mr. Yousuf had 165 hand-rolled joints and $243 USD.
No bail orders were posted for the defendants. They were allowed to be released upon agreeing to a court order to follow the laws of the Republic and to not travel outside of the country without court permission.
Trafficking of a Controlled Substance is a felony carrying a jail sentence of up to 10 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines. Defendants are deemed innocent until proven guilty by court of law.

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