Woman opts for immediate trial in P5M shabu pushing case

November 12, 2010 1:05 pm 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 12 -– A woman accused of trying to sell about P5 million worth of shabu decided not to answer at the prosecutor's level and will instead directly face criminal charges in court.

Restbie Tampos opted not to file a waiver of detention during the inquest proceedings, where she could have answered the charges against her by filing a counter-affidavit.

Cebu City Assistant Prosecutor Liceria Lofranco-Rabillas approved the filing of an information or charge sheet against Tampos.

Members of the arresting team led by Criminal Intelligence Branch (CIB) head, Chief Insp. Romeo Santander, presented Tampos to the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office Wednesday.

Rabillas said that during inquest, Tampos admitted to the crime the police accused her of committing.

The police arrested the 25-year-old mother of one inside a room of Travelers' Lodge in Barangay Carreta, Cebu City, in a buy-bust operation Tuesday morning.

Police said they confiscated a kilo of shabu from Tampos, which she was about to sell to a policeman posing as a buyer.

The Police Crimine Laboratory 7, led by Supt. Nestor Sator, confirmed that the substance found in Tampos's possession is indeed shabu.

Cebu City police officials suspect she belonged to a drug syndicate operating in Manila. They will also validate her statement that three local personalities were involved in the shipment, the largest amount of shabu confiscated in the city since August.

The trio's names appear in the Cebu City police force's target list.

CIB Chief Santander said that PDEA Director Adrian Alvarino told him there was a similarity in the shabu packaging and speculated the drugs came from a source previously identified in Manila.

Tampos faces life imprisonment if found guilty.

Santander also told reporters the police coordinated with the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Regional Intelligence Division and other intelligence units in other districts.

Santander said he learned from Tampos' mother that the 25-year-old had indicated she no longer wanted to go back to Manila and that she wanted to leave the group.

Tampos has said she wants to attend to her bed-ridden grandmother and concentrate on her child. Her husband is jailed in Muntinlupa for a case of human trafficking. (PNA)

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