Drug den operator sentenced to life imprisonment, three others convicted PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:33

By DAN TORIBIO

Judge Eric D. Elumba, the Regional Trial Court Branch13 presiding judge has sentenced a drug den maintainer to life imprisonment after a six-year period of arraignment.

On a 17-page court decision issued on September 29, 2017, Elumba, the presiding judge of branch 13, decided that Jul-ambri Samsaraji y Sahali is guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violating the Section 5 (selling of illegal drugs), Article II of the Republic Act 9165 and sentenced him to suffer the penalty of life imprisonment with a fine of P500,000 without subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency.

Aside from that, Samsaraji was also convicted for violations of Section 6 (maintenance of den, dive resort) and Section 11 (possession of illegal drugs), Article II of RA 9165 and will suffer the penalty of life imprisonment with a fine of P500,000 and 12 to 14 years imprisonment with a fine of P300,000 respectively without subsidiary imprisonment on case of insolvency.

Along with Samsaraji, the court also sentenced Abdurahim Sabbaani y Jani, Sanani Sahi y Kahal and Ali Lim y Mandac, to 12 to 14 years imprisonment with a fine of P300,000 without subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency, for violation of Section 7 (employees and visitors of den, dive or resort), Article II of RA 9165. They were caught inside the drug den of Samsaraji during the operation.

To recall, Samsaraji and his cohorts were arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement (PDEA) last February 3, 2011 in Campong Islam.

Samsaraji was nabbed after he sold a sachet of shabu to a PDEA undercover during the buy-bust operation at his drug den.

The three other suspects were caught inside the drug den while they were visiting Samsaraji for drug transactions. They were also caught while having a pot session.

PDEA recovered a total of 10 sachets of shabu weighing 0.1220 grams in the said operation.

“We are grateful for the decision and I am sure this will inspire other drug law enforcers to work even harder. This will send strong message to those who insist in engaging in illegal drugs that ultimately crime does not pay,” PDEA Regional Director Lyndon Aspacio, CESE said. – Dan Toribio