Two Bacolod brothers were found guilty of drug charges and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 17 years to life.
Executive Judge Raymond Joseph Javier of the Bacolod Regional TrialCourt Branch 52,sentenced Edilberto and Edfinland Hechanova PonteroThursday and ordered their transfer to the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila.
Edfinland, 47, who was found guilty of the sale of drugs in violation of Section 5, Article II of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, was sentenced to suffer the penalty of life imprisonment and to pay a fine of P.5 million.
He was also found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of possession of drugs in violation of Section 11, Article II of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and sentenced to 12 years and eight months as minimum to 17 years and eight months as maximum, and to pay a fine of P300,000.
Edfinland was caught selling three rolls of marijuana cigarettes to a police poseur buyer at PurokDalawidaw, Barangay 16, Bacolod, on June 22, 2012 in exchange for P100, and on his arrest two more marijuana cigarettes were recovered from his possession, the court was told.
His brother, Edilberto, 45, was found guilty of possession of dangerous drugs and sentenced to 12 years and eight months as minimum to 17 years and eight months as maximum, and to pay a fine of P300,000 after .095 gram of shabu was recovered from his possession, also on June 22, 2012.
Edilberto was also found guilty of possession of dangerous drugs paraphernalia and sentenced to suffer the penalty of six months and one day imprisonment, to four years, and to pay a fine of P10,000.
The seized drugs were ordered turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for disposal.*CPG
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