Ayala firm can't produce CCTV in American's drugs case

Posted at 12/12/12 3:44 PM

DOJ ends probe into American nabbed with drugs

MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has terminated its investigation into drug charges against American national Kevin Bryan Hills.

During Wednesday's clarificatory hearing, representatives of the Ayala Property Management Office (PMO), which manages The Columns condominium, told investigating panel members State Prosecutor (SP) Juan Pedro Navera and Prosecution Atty. (PA) Anna Noreen Devanadera, that they could no longer produce the CCTV footage requested by Hills on the area where an alleged drug "test buy" took place between him and complainant Philippine National Police Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF).

The AIDSOTF alleged that the said "test buy" between Hills and undercover agents of the agency took place on Nov. 7. The incident served as basis for AIDSOTF's application for search warrant before a Makati City trial court.

The AIDSOTF implemented the warrant on Nov. 20. The raid allegedly yielded 10 kilos of shabu worth P50 million.
The Ayala PMO was directed by the panel to present its security logbook and reception logbook for November. Hills' camp moved for the presentation of the logbooks to prove that there were no entries made by AIDSOTF on the alleged "test buy" and raid dates, and thus, these 2 incidents did not take place.

Hills' request for the release of a Ford Expedition and his condominium unit has yet to be ruled upon by the panel. The AIDSOTF sealed the vehicle and the unit following the raid. Hills arrived in The Columns on board the vehicle, while 1 kilo of the drugs allegedly seized from him was allegedly recovered inside his leased unit.

The AIDSOTF also presented the registration record with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for the Mitsubishi Pajero seized by the agency. Nine kilos of the 10 kilos of shabu seized from Hills were allegedly recovered from the Pajero.

Hills was accompanied to the DOJ by his father. Both father and son refused to issue statements to the media.

With the probe terminated, the DOJ will now resolve the case against Hills.