2 Jaguar kin face drug charges
TWO alleged accomplices and cousins of slain drug personality Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz were yesterday charged with illegal possession of dangerous drugs before the Cebu Regional Trial Court (RTC).
The filing of the complaint against Rodel and Reynaldo, both surnamed Diaz, came nearly nine months since nearly P4 million in illicit drugs were found in their houses located inside the Diaz compound in Sitio Vampire, Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City. The compound is said to be owned by Jaguar.
Cebu City Prosecutor Simaco Labata found evidence to charge both Rodel and Reynaldo with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA 9165) after search warrants implemented on their houses on Sept. 20, 2015 yielded packs of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) totaling to 62.57 grams and 63.1 grams, respectively.
The Diaz cousins and Jaguar, who was the primary target in that raid, all eluded arrest. The Diaz cousins have remained at large while Jaguar was killed in a shootout with the police in Las Piñas City on June 17. According to Labata’s resolutions, the Diaz cousins did not submit counter-affidavits despite the subpoenas issued to them and the motion for extension of time to file counter-affidavits that they filed through their counsel, lawyer Jonnah John Ungab.
The search warrants issued by Executive Judge Soliver Peras, presiding judge of RTC Branch 10, were implemented on the houses of both Rodel and Reynaldo located inside the Diaz Compound, records showed.
Lawyer Angeline Bacatan, who claimed to be the counsel of the two Diaz, was present during the implementation of the search warrant. It was also witnessed by two barangay tanods (village watchmen).
Police found in the house of Rodel 14 heat-sealed transparent plastic packs of shabu while Reynaldo’s house yielded 13 heat-sealed transparent plastic packs of shabu.
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