A 33-YEAR-old man from Panabo City was sentenced to 14 years in jail for possession of 18 grams of marijuana more than four and a half years ago. Tagum City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 30 presiding Judge Rowena Adlawan on August 5 sentenced Dave Martinez, of Purok 1, Barangay San Antonio, Panabo City of 12 years and one day to 14 years of imprisonment after finding him guilty of possessing six packs of dried marijuana leaves wrapped in a newspaper weighing 18 grams.
Adlawan also ordered Martinez to pay a penalty of P300,000. Martinez was arrested by Senior Police Officer 1 Richie Nala, Police Officer 3 Divina Agocoy and Police Officer 1 Dexter Odi on January 24, 2007. Martinez was one of three persons chased by the three policemen that day for riding a motorcycle without helmets.
The policemen cornered the respondents at DJ Cinema along Osmeña Extension, Tagum City, Davao del Norte. When Nala asked for a driver’s license, the one driving the motorcycle failed to present any, thus their arrest. When the police frisked the three men, they found six packs of dried marijuana leaves wrapped in a newspaper in Martinez’s possession.
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