WHAT was supposed to be just a simple night out turned to be their worst nightmare when two couples were arrested on Tuesday morning for alleged illegal drugs possession.
The commotion began when a gunshot was heard inside the room of live-in partners Jennyfry Paumar, 39, and Janeth Retiza, 40, prompting the owner of the Guava Beach Resort in Barangay Bayabas to call for police assistance.
Paumar and Retiza, together with other suspects Franciso Pader, 43, and Carla Macas, 19, were about to check out from their rooms when they were greeted by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Northern Mindanao.
The CIDG team checked the room and found out that the shooting was accidental, but were surprised to find sachets of alleged illegal drugs in the couples’ possession.
Retiza described the police's action as "foul," insisting the owner should have checked the situation before calling for the police.
"Iya nalang unta gayud mi gisabot or giadto ba kaha sa among kwarto ayha pa unta nanawag ug police kay wala man gayud gituyo ang pagkaboto, nagkuha ra man mi ug pagkaon sa bag ato unya napislit lang," Retiza told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.
She said they were having a party earlier and finished late so the four of them decided to stay at the resort.
Retiza denied they were using illegal drugs at the time of their stay, but added that she knows her partner Paumar sells drugs for about a year now.
Confiscated were a .38 revolver loaded with five ammunitions, an improvised handgun, two big sachets of suspected "shabu" (methamphetamine hydrochloride), and four pieces of small sachets of shabu with street value of P45,000.
Dried leaves of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and two motorcycles without plate numbers were also seized.
Both Paumar and Pader, residents of Barangay Bayabas, are reportedly known illegal drug pushers in their area.
A neighbor told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro they (the couple) could not be arrested since they have ‘connections.’
The suspects are currently detained at CIDG mini-jail and will be charged with illegal possession of firearms, violation of Dangerous Drugs Act, and violation of Commission on Elections gun ban.