Two women were sentenced to life imprisonment for the sale and possession of drugs, by Regional Trial Court Branch 30 Presiding Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan Jr. in Dumaguete City Wednesday.
A senior citizen, meanwhile, was acquitted, also for drug charges.
Found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the sale and possession of drugs, are Ma. Mirasol Merced Ragay, of Purok Gumamela, Sitio Canday-ong in Barangay Calindagan, and Claudette Semetara Gotual, of Barangay Looc, both in Dumaguete City. They were both sentenced to life imprisonment.
Records show that Ragay was found guilty of selling dried marijuana leaves, stalks and seeds, placed in a matchbox and weighing 2.66 grams, to a police-poseur buyer on Nov. 24, 2014. Eight more matchboxes were also confiscated from her.
Ragay was also sentenced for possession of more than 1,167.27 grams of marijuana, placed in a backpack and recovered from her residence after the buy-bust operation. The court also fined her P1 million for the two offenses.
Tan also sentenced Gotual to a life imprisonment, after the recovery of more than 21.81 grams of shabu from her residence in Looc on September 4, 2014, during a search conducted by law enforcement authorities. She was fined P500,000.
For Genward Argote, the court acquitted him for illegal possession of illegal drugs, records show.
Argote said the evidences were planted. He claimed there were two searches made, the first one when he was present and no drugs were recovered. But alleged shabu were recovered when another search was conducted in the presence of a barangay official, while he and his family were outside their house, he added.
The search, conducted by the police on Sept. 18, 2014, yielded 4.65 grams of shabu, records show.*JG
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