Town official faces drug charges

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Friday, May 9, 2014


THE market administrator of Dumanjug and four other men were charged before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office yesterday afternoon.

Jose Perfecto Amadora Sr. faces complaints for illegal possession of firearms and for alleged violations of Sections 6 (maintaining a drug den), 11 (possession of illegal drugs), and 12 (possession of drug paraphernalia) of the Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Michael Piega, 40, Ronilo Meguiso, 33, Emilio Sabino, 33, and Loverjan Castro, 20, were also charged with violating Section 7 (visiting a drug den) of RA 9165.

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Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 caught the suspects during a raid on Amadora’s bungalow last Wednesday.

They seized 20 sachets of shabu worth P500,000, drug paraphernalia, drug proceeds, 500 bullets and two pistols with ammunition from Amadora.

The raid was conducted based on a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 19 Wilfredo Navarro.

Non-bailable

Lawyer Mauro Lecin, PDEA 7 spokesperson, said Amadora’s offense is non-bailable, based on Section 11 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or RA 9165, because the total stash weighs more than 50 grams.

Section 28 of the same law provides that the maximum penalty shall be imposed if the guilty offender is a government official or employee.

Disqualified

He or she will also be disqualified from public service, if convicted.

During the inquest proceeding conducted Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Al Rey Ouano yesterday afternoon, Amadora opted to avail himself of his right to preliminary investigation and file a counter-affidavit.

The other suspects opted not to answer the complaint, which will be elevated to court for trial. They were assisted by lawyer Ian Peter Leyson.

In his report to PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr, PDEA 7 Acting Director Esperidion Javier described Amadora as a big-time drug lord and drug operator.

Javier said Amadora has long been “engaged in illegal drug trade that extends to Dumanjug’s neighboring municipalities.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 10, 2014.

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