Sunday, January 5, 2014
Leviste Refuse to Link with Mexican Drug Group
Armed with documents proving that he is not the owner of the ranch where police discovered a shabu storage facility, former Batangas Gov. Leviste yesterday maintained that he is not connected with a Mexican Drug Cartel. Atty. Buendia counsel of Leviste went to Dept. of Justice (DOJ) late Thursday afternoon to submit some documents to prove that her client has nothing to do with the lease contract that his brother Conrad Leviste entered with a certain Jorge Torres. Torres which is now hunted by the authorities is said to have links with the Sinola Drug Cartel of Mexico which is allegedly trying to establish operations in the Philippines. Last week De Lima said Leviste who walked free from the New Bilibid Prison last Dec. 6, 2013 after his parole was granted risked losing his parole grant following the drug raid in his ranch in City of Lipa on Christmas Day which yielded 3 suspects and Php 420 million worth of Shabu. Based on the documents submitted by Leviste, LBJ agreed to lease the 10,000 Sq.m. ranch located at Block 4, Lot 4, Barrio Insoluban, Lipa City, to Torres for at least a year starting June 28, 2013. Among the conditions set by LBJ for the lease of its property was that the ranch would be used only for game fowl breeding and that it may not be sub-leased or assigned without the consent of the lessor.
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