THREE persons led by a rookie Quezon policeman are now in jail after they were arrested by patrolling officers in Dasmariñas City in Cavite while engaged in a shabu session, Cavite Police Provincial Office director Sr. Supt. Arthur Bisnar said yesterday.
PO1 Edgar Dabandan, 28, a resident of Blk. 6, Lot 7, Bgy. Fatima 1-K2, Dasmariñas City; and his neighbors Rey Gallardo, 41 ; and Nardo Majerano, 32, are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Members of the Dasmariñas City Community Police Assistance Center 3 led by SPO1 Charlie de la Rea on Thursday arrested the suspects following a report about an ongoing shabu session in Bgy. Francisco 1.
Local policemen under Sr. Inspector Zacarias Balleber rushed to the site to check the information. Officers arrested Dabandan and his neighbors while having a drug session.
Bisnar said that the arrested policeman, assigned with the Padre Burgos Municipal Police Station in Quezon, yielded an aluminum foil containing shabu residue, an improvised tooter and a disposable lighter.
All suspects were charged for violation of Sections 12 and 13, Article II of RA 9165. They are being held at the Dasmariñas City Police Station pending the issuance of a commitment order against them by the court.
PO1 Dabandan will also be facing administrative charges for grave misconduct, which would merit his dismissal from the police force once found guilty.
Section 12 of RA 9165 refers to the possession of equipment, instrument, apparatus and other paraphernalia for dangerous drugs, which carries the penalty of imprisonment ranging from six months and one day to four years and a fine ranging from P10,000 to P50,000.
Section 13 refers to possession of dangerous drugs during parties, social gatherings or meetings, which carries the maximum penalty of 12 years and one day to 20 years in prison and a fine ranging from P300,000 to P400,000.