Robbers convicted for possessing illegal drugs

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

TWO convicted robbers were sentenced to suffer a penalty of 12 to 14 years imprisonment after they were proven guilty of possessing illegal drugs.

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Dumaguete City found Noel Fernandez and Andrew Plata guilty beyond reasonable doubt of possessing methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu.

RTC Branch 30 Judge Rafael Cresencio Tan Jr. also ordered them to pay a fine of P400,000 each for the offense they committed.

Both Fernandez and Plata have been convicted for the crime of robbery by the RTC Branch 42 of Dumaguete City in 2010.

Court records show that Fernandez and Plata were nabbed by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Dumaguete for robbery and illegal possession of shabu almost two years ago.

Both accused denied using the prohibited drugs but they admitted the crime of robbery.

Plata, a driver from Bonifacio, Misamis Oriental, and Fernandez, who hails from Tubod, Lanao del Norte, arrived in Dumaguete City on September 29, 2009 with three other companions.

Both were arrested by the police last September 30, 2009 after they held up Manolo Apura, who just came from Bank of the Philippines Island.

Confiscated from their possession were firearms and two sachets of suspected shabu.

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