CHARGES for violation of Republic Act (R.A.) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were filed by the police on Friday before the City Prosecutor’s Office against the two suspects arrested in a raid.

Their four companions were released for lack of evidence.

Senior Inspector Jose Mulleta, head of City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (CAIDSOTG), said Bong Chua was charged for violation of Sections 6, 11, 26, of R.A. 9165 and of Republic Act 8294 for illegal possession of explosives while Meriamme Benares was sued also for violation of Sections 6, 11, and 26 of R.A. 9165.

Morito Benares and William Chua, who are still at large, were charged for violation of Section 5 in relation to Section 26 and Section 11 of Article II of R.A. 9165 and R.A. 8294, respectively.

Prosecutor II Rosary Nagrampa ordered the release of Jonathan Dumlao, Hansel Benares, Wendyll Chua and Paul Bilbao for absence of probable cause for violation of Sections 5, 7 and 12 in relation to Section 26 of R.A. 9165.

The inquest resolution stated that in the absence of any showing that the prohibited drugs and paraphernalia were recovered from the respondents, there is no insufficient evidence to warrant their indictment of the offense.

Chua and Benares were arrested by the operatives of CAIDSOTG for serving as helpers of the drug pushers in disposing the illegal drugs while the four were arrested by the City Intelligence Unit team during the buy-bust operation at Benares Compound, Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City Wednesday.

The subject of the raid Morito and his cousin William Chua fled along with their four unidentified companions.

Morito escaped after he handed to a police poseur-buyer an elongated plastic sachet of suspected shabu in exchange for P700.

Police recovered P100, 000 worth of illegal drug shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and several high-powered firearms from the residence of the suspected drug pushers.

Senior Superintendent Larry Decena, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said they respect the order of the prosecutor for the release of the four suspects.

He said they are studying their next move or legal action.

Decena expressed hope that the four suspects who were released will no longer engage in illegal drug use.