3 face lawsuit for P1.4M shabu-A A +A
Sunday, March 30, 2014
CHARGES were filed before the City Prosecutor’s Office on Friday against three suspected drug pushers who were arrested for selling a P1.4-million worth of suspected shabu in a buy-bust operation in Davao City on Thursday.
Davao City Police Office's Intel Branch office (DCPO–IBO) head Superintendent Anthony Padua identified the suspects as Aladin Mokamad Guiabel, 38, tricycle driver; Bai Rayhannah Casan Guiabel, 28, housekeeper; and Monette Andog Patadon, 40, all residents of Bagua in Cotabato City.
A source from the prosecutor’s office, who refused to be named for lack of authority to speak, said the suspects were charged with violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) of the Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Police said the three suspects were brought before the prosecutor’s office around 10 a.m. on Friday for inquest proceedings. This after the suspects were arrested on J.P. Laurel Street in Davao City on Thursday around 8:40 p.m.
Record obtained from the operation office showed that the suspects were arrested after Aladin handed a sachet of suspected shabu to a policeman who acted as a buyer. Operatives recovered from the possession of the three suspects, four jumbo packs of suspected shabu with market value of around P350,000 each pack.
The operatives also recovered from the suspects the P1,400 marked money and a bundle of cut papers or budol money. The suspects denied the accusation of the authorities, but the latter told the media that the suspects had been monitored operating in the city for a long time.
The suspects are now detained at DCPO jail facility. Police said a penalty of life imprisonment to death will be possibly imposed in both sections of the R.A. 9165, if the suspects will be found guilty by the court. There’s also a fine ranging from P500,000 to P10 million for section 5 and P400,000 to P500,000 for section 11.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 31, 2014.