An employee of Ngerbeched Legislator Felix Francisco, Mr. Teddy Teodoro, a Philippine national who was charged this week in a criminal case on one count of Trafficking a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, and one count of Possession of Less Than One Gram of a Controlled substance, pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Mr. Teodoro, in his statements to police officers, denied knowledge and ownership of the drugs sent to him from the Philippines in March of this year. In his statements he implicates his employer, Mr. Felix Francisco, Koror State Legislator and former head of Drug Enforcement under the Ministry of Justice.
On March 16, Customs agents conducting a routine check on incoming cargo found suspected drugs with an estimated street value of over $1 million in hollows at the bottom of a crate from the Philippines, addressed to Mr. Teddy Teodoro.
According to statements from Mr. Teodoro, he was instructed by his employer Felix Francisco to contact his brother, Rodd Teodoro, who resides in the Philippines, to prepare a crate and deliver it to a friend of Mr. Francisco in the Philippines.
The crate returned to his brother empty and he filled it up with bike tires and crates and sent it to Palau, addressed to Teddy Teodoro. Mr. Teodoro further told the police that his employer told him to clear and pick up the crate from Palau Shipping on March 8.
In the police report, Mr. Teodoro said he didn’t want to pick it up because he suspected something illegal in it “because his boss, Mr. Francisco, told him to pick it up and ‘just be quiet about it’.”
NEA agents who were called in by Customs took out the drugs from the canisters in the hollowed crate and put a smaller bag containing the drugs back into the crate for a “controlled delivery.”
Mr. Teodoro was followed by agents to Mr. Francisco’s residence. According to Mr. Teodoro’s statement, upon arriving at the residence, Mr. Francisco instructed him and another Filipino worker to take apart the crate while he watched. He said that after they found the package, they were instructed to toss it to Mr. Francisco and were told to throw the pieces of the crate into the bushes near the residence.
While throwing out the crate, the police arrived with warrants to search the property. A police affidavit reported that one of the officers noticed Mr. Francisco holding something in his hands and when asked what it was, Mr. Francisco placed a clear Ziploc baggie with a crystalline substance on the table, admitting it was from the crate.
Mr. Teodoro, according to the police affidavit, went voluntarily to NEA to give a statement which he didn’t sign, but was witnessed and recorded.
Mr. Teodoro is in jail until he can post a cash bail of $50,000, submit a waiver of extradition and surrender his passport.
If convicted, he can face no less than 25 years in jail and not less than $50,000 for Trafficking a Controlled Substance, and for the charge of Possession of Less Than One Gram of a Controlled Substance, a jail sentence of not less than 5 years and not less than $10,000 in fines.
Otherwise, the defendant and all others mentioned in the charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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