A live-in couple was arrested in an anti-illegal drugs operation at their house at the Cadawinonan Housing Site in Barangay Cadawinonan, Dumaguete City, at around 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Those arrested were identified as Josephine Levita, and her live-in partner, Fernando Enomerabellon by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency records.
Recovered during the search were 15 big and small sachets containing suspected shabu granules, a .38 homemade caliber revolver loaded with six rounds of ammunition, and a .22 homemade magnum caliber revolver with five bullets, records also showed.
The search warrant was issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Gerardo Paguio Jr., and the raid and inventory of items recovered were witnessed by kagawad Emiliano Barba, and representatives from the Department of Justice and the media.
Levita, an “ukay-ukay (secondhand clothes)” vendor, said she was forced to sell shabu to pay the tuition of her children. She admitted owning five of the 15 sachets of shabu recovered during the search.
Enomerabellon, 64, admitted owning the guns but denied any participation in the illegal drugs trade. He added that Fernando Enomerabellon Jr., who was arrested during a drug-bust operation recently in Brgy. Canday-ong, also in Dumaguete, is his son.
Levita claimed that PDEA agents took more than P4,000 and P3,000 in cash, that was intended for the purchase of the school supplies of her children.
The agents denied the accusations.
Charges for violation of sections 11 and 12 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and for illegal possession of firearms, are being readied for filing against the couple.*JG
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