Drug den maintainer gets life imprisonment
 
Caramoran, Catanduanes  ·  
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A suspected drug pusher in Caramoran who also dabbled in illegal gambling has been sentenced to life imprisonment plus 30 more years behind bars, along with a total fine of P510,000, following his conviction by the Regional Trial Court last week.

RTC Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras said the prosecution was able to prove the guilt of Leo “Iyong” Vallespin for illegal possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia, illegal gambling, and maintenance of a drug den.

The fourth case filed against him, that of illegal possession of ammunition, has yet to be resolved as the Court is awaiting the Supreme Court’s certificate of finality for the latter’s resolution regarding the Court of Appeal’s decision that the live ammunition seized from him was inadmissible in evidence.

A court-ordered search of Vallespin and the house his family occupied in Tubli, Caramoran on January 9, 2015 resulted in the seizure of over P8,000 in cash, nine sachets of shabu weighing a total of 0.228 gram, 53 assorted sachets with shabu residue, lighters, 75 pieces of crumpled aluminum foil, flame adjuster, assorted pieces of paper containing number combination with corresponding amounts, a pistol case, three bullets as well as a cellphone that yielded text messages of letter and number combinations.

During the search, media observer Janelyn Rima noted that a notebook seized during the search bore the name of one Larry Que, who Vallespin admitted collected the proceeds of the lottery.

Vallespin subsequently signed a statement admitting that he was a lotteng collector and that Que was his financier.

During his testimony, however, he claimed that the statement was actually blank when he was asked to sign it.

This prompted Judge Contreras to point out that Vallespin swore to the contents of the statement before the judge and that the chief of police even decided not to implicate his wife at the time of the search out of pity for their children.

Trying to counter the drug den charge, Vallespin also presented three of his neighbors who signed a declaration prepared by his brother. The neighbors claimed they did not see anybody coming in and out of his house.

The barangay captain, however, confirmed the confidential information of the police that the accused was involved in illegal drug transactions.


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