Greco, 3 others face charges for drugs, guns

THE son of the late Cebu vice governor Greg Sanchez and three other people are facing criminal cases in court for possession of unlicensed firearms and drug paraphernalia.

Prosecutor Liewellyn Bonghanoy found evidence to charge Leodegreco ‘Greco’ Sanchez with violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and Section 12 (possession of drugs paraphernalia), and Art. 2 of RA 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Greco’s co-respondents - Maricel Gregory, 34; and his two bodyguards Glenn Nacion and Jolbert Jacaba - were also charged before the Regional Trial Court in Toledo City.

Gregory and Nacion are facing charges in court for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. Jacaba is facing a case for obstruction of justice.

Defense lawyer Inocencio dela Cerna said they are waiting for clearance to file motions to question the search warrant. 

“There are several grounds to challenge the search warrant, one of which is that his (Greco’s) name was not indicated (in the search warrant) and that authorities seized other things not particularly described in the search,” dela Cerna told reporters in a text message.

The Constitution, he said, is very clear that the search warrant has to be issued for a specific person. “If there is something wrong with the warrant then it should be quashed,” said dela Cerna.

Dela Cerna said they are also contemplating to move for the dismissal of the case.

The Police Provincial Intelligence Branch filed charges of illegal possession of firearms and drug paraphernalia against Greco following their arrest.

The search warrant was issued by Talisay City Regional Trial Court Branch 66 Executive Judge Jacinto Fajardo Jr. 

Police also seized several firearms, tin foil, lighters, improvised burners and tooters with traces of shabu during the operation.

Interviewed after his arrest, Greco admitted owning the guns, but said these were for self-defense in case robbers tried to enter the farm. (GMD)

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