• Convicted car thief nabbed for drug possession in court

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    A notorious carnapper, who was earlier convicted for illegal possession of firearms, was found guilty anew of illegal possession of dried marijuana in Baguio City.

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    Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. identified the convicted personality as Karl Michael Laranang, 58, single, a native of Namonitan, Santo Tomas, La Union, and residing at Purok 27, Upper San Carlos Heights, Irisan, Baguio City.

    Laranang was arrested at the Hall of Justice in Baguio City after he reported to the Parole and Probation Office relative to his case of illegal possession of firearms. A routine body search conducted on Laranang resulted in the confiscation of a folded foil containing approximately .44 grams of dried marijuana fruiting tops.

    For two years and 10 months, Laranang’s carnapping case was heard.

    A five-page decision rendered by Antonio Reyes, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in Baguio City, dated November 20, 2013, found Laranang guilty and was sentenced to imprisonment of 12 years and one day for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) Article II of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. He was also ordered to pay a maximum fine of P300,000 for possession of dangerous drugs.

    Cacdac expressed his gratitude for the favorable decision of the trial court, the support of other law enforcement agencies and the community. “A conviction of a drug case is our victory against the drug menace in our society,” he said.

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