THE eldest son of former Bureau of Customs commissioner-turned Bureau of Corrections head Nicanor E. Faeldon tested negative for shabu and marijuana in a mandatory drug examination conducted on the urine specimens he and his three companions submitted to police authorities after their arrest during a raid on a suspected drug den in Naga City in Camarines Sur last Friday, the Journal Group learned.
Nicanor Faeldon Jr.’s urine specimen tested negative for the presence of methamphetamine (shabu) and tetrahydrocannabinol metabolites (marijuana) when subjected to a screening test by the Camarines Sur Provincial Crime Laboratory headed by Senior Inspector Vina Zarina Zaldua-Cunom.
However, the young Faeldon’s co-accused identified as Russel ‘Bubbles’ Lanuzo,47; Allan Valdez, 44; and Manuel Niebres, 39, all tested positive for shabu abuse but not marijuana.
Zaldua-Cunom, a registered forensic chemist also said that the contents of seven heat-sealed plastic sachets recovered during the raid tested positive for methamphetamine hydrocholoride or shabu.
Although the elder Faeldon said he would not meddle with his 32-year old son’s case, but would “obliterate” him should it be proven that he is a drug user, it is too early to say if the police would not press charges against the latter’s namesake since he was found in a raided suspected drug den.
Under Section 6 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, maintenance of a den, dive or resort carries the penalty of life imprisonment to death and a fine ranging from Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) to Ten million pesos (P10,000,000.00). The penalty of imprisonment ranging from twelve (12) years and one (1) day to twenty (20) years and a fine ranging from One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) to Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) shall be imposed upon any person or group of persons who shall maintain a den, dive, or resort where any controlled precursor and essential chemical is used or sold in any form.
Section 7 of RA 9165 refers to ‘Employees and Visitors of a Den, Dive or Resort.’ The law says that the penalty of imprisonment ranging from twelve (12) years and one (1) day to twenty (20) years and a fine ranging from One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) to Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) shall be imposed upon (a) Any employee of a den, dive or resort, who is aware of the nature of the place as such; and (b) Any person who, not being included in the provisions of the next preceding, paragraph, is aware of the nature of the place as such and shall knowingly visit the same.
On Friday morning, police raided the suspected drug den at house no. Z-4 in San Miguel Street in Barangay Mabolo, Naga City where the four were arrested.
A Police Regional Office 5 report said that the four were arrested by combined agents of the Naga City Drug Enforcement Unit, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Regional Police DEU, and the Army’s 9th Infantry Division who raided Bermudo’s house 5 in the morning and confiscated seven pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.