A Regional Trial Court in Naga City sentenced two drug pushers to life imprisonment after being found guilty of violating Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr., director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), identified the convicted drug pushers as Romy Llones and Placido Gutierrez.
Judge Efren Santos, presiding judge of Branch 22 of the Naga City Regional Trial Court, rendered the decision finding Llones and Gutierrez guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the offense charged.
The court also ordered Llones and Gutierrez to pay a fine of P6.2 million each.
On October 8, 2005, personnel of the San Fernando Municipal Police Station arrested Llones and Gutierrez during a checkpoint operation in Barangay Bonifacio, San Fernando, Camarines Sur.
The police confiscated approximately 12.4 kilograms of high-grade dried marijuana bricks from the suspects.
They were subsequently charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of R.A. 9165.
Cacdac, for his part, said that PDEA is pleased with the favorable ruling of the court on the drug cases, saying: “This recognizes the efforts of law-enforcement officers and affirms their strong commitment to fight the drug menace in the country.”