3 drug pushers get life sentence

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PDEA-LogoLEGAZPI CITY, 10Oct2013 10 (PNA) – Three drug pushers were meted out life sentence after the courts separately found them guilty of violating R.A. 9165, or the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002, the head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office V said Thursday.

PDEA Regional Director Archie A Grande reported that after a year of arraignment and trial, the Regional Trial Court of Legazpi found Allan S. Almayda, also known as “Allan” and “Kalaw,” and Homero A. Quiogue, also known as “Homer,” guilty beyond reasonable doubt of selling methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu.”

Shabu, Grande explained, is a dangerous drug defined and penalized under Section 5, paragraph 1 in relation to Section 26 (b) of R.A. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002.

The two accused were sentenced to life imprisonment and were ordered to pay the fine of P 1 million each.

Sometime in April 2012, Almayda and Quiogue were arrested by the PDEA Bicol operatives after selling suspected shabu to an undercover agent in a restaurant in Barangay Bogtong, Legazpi City.

In a separate occasion, the Regional Trial Court also decided that Ramiro M. Ramirez was guilty beyond reasonable doubt of selling a sachet of shabu “in flagranti delicto” to a PDEA intelligence officer who acted as a poseur-buyer.

Ramirez was sentenced to suffer life imprisonment and a fine of P500,000 for violation of Section 5, Article II of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Elements of PDEA Camarines Sur Provincial Office arrested Ramirez in a buy-bust operation along P. Diaz St., Sta Cruz, Naga City, conducted by the PDEA sometime in June 2012 after selling suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride for P25,000 to an undercover agent who acted as a poseur-buyer.

Grande lauded the efforts of the men and women of PDEA Regional Office V, especially the agents, for their accomplishments.

“Putting these criminals to jail is one of the major milestones after the risks and dangers of anti-drug operation. Again justice is served, and it makes PDEA personnel even more motivated to do their job,” he said. (PNA)

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