Police Linkage Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. & Raul Yap executed in jail

Discussion in 'Extra-Judicial Killings' started by Diablo, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Standard tale: They resisted, we killed them. Problem is, they were already IN JAIL purportedly being arrested again at 4 a.m. No police officer with half a brain would put an inmate in close proximity to a weapon unless they are hoping to incite such an incident.

    Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa killed in ‘firefight’ inside jail

    5 November 2016


    Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was killed in a “firefight” after allegedly resisting arrest at the Baybay, Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail, early Saturday morning. A firefight between Espinosa and Raul Yap and the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Northern Leyte (CIDG8) resulted in the deaths of the two detainees, a police incident report said.

    “Detectives of Northern Leyte CIDG8 led by PCI Leo Laraga together with RMU8 as participating unit implemented two search warrants inside the Sub-Provincial jail at Brgy. Hipusngo, Baybay City, Leyte in which a firefight ensued between the suspects (subject of the search warrant) and the CIDG8 operatives that resulted [in] the [deaths] of the said suspects namely: Rolando Espinosa and Raul Yap,” the report said. Albuera, Leyte Police Chief Juvy Espinido said CIDG operatives went to the prison to serve a warrant of arrest for illegal possession of firearms, when the two allegedly resisted, Radyo Inquirer 990 reported. Espinosa and Yap were killed at past 4 a.m., he said.

    Read the entire article at: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/841271/rolando-espinosa-killed-in-jail
     
  2. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    International coverage ...

    Another Philippine Mayor Accused of Drug Crimes by Duterte Is Killed

    5 Nov 2016


    A Philippine mayor who had been accused of drug trafficking by President Rodrigo Duterte was shot and killed by police officers in his jail cell on Saturday, the police said. Rolando Espinosa Sr., the mayor of Albuera, a town in Leyte Province in the central Philippines, had been arrested in October, several weeks after Mr. Duterte included him in a list of about 150 Philippine officials who he said were involved in narcotics. Mr. Espinosa, who said he was innocent of drug crimes, is the second politician on the list to have been killed by police officers in a little more than a week.

    The Leyte provincial police said Saturday that Mr. Espinosa and his cellmate, identified as Raul Yap, had been killed in a “firefight” with police officers, who woke them at dawn while searching their cell. The provincial police chief, Juvy Espinido, told a Manila-based radio station that both men had “resisted” the police but said he could not provide further details.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/world/asia/philippines-mayor-rolando-espinosa-drugs-duterte.html
     
  3. Diablo

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  4. Diablo

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    Their current tale is that Rolando Espinsosa Sr. and Raul Yap "resisted" and were killed in a firefight:

    Albuera Mayor Espinosa shot dead in jail cell

    5 November 2016


    Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and drug suspect Raul Yap were killed in a shootout inside the Baybay City Provincial Jail early Saturday morning.

    Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 were at the jail to serve search warrants on the two detainees for separate cases when the latter fired at the cops and a shootout ensued, Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director Elmer Beltejar said.

    Read the entire article at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/stor...albuera-mayor-espinosa-shot-dead-in-jail-cell


    And when the dust settled, the corrupt executioner cops planted and found a couple guns in their cells:

    Elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives, who arrived at the scene at 5:58 a.m., recovered a Super Caliber .38 pistol, a magazine of live ammunition, a small, heat-sealed sachet of suspected shabu, and several drug paraphernalia in Espinosa’s cell.

    Meanwhile, a 45-caliber pistol, a magazine of live ammunition, 10 big heat-sealed sachets and five medium-sized heat-sealed sachets of suspected shabu, 27 big heat-sealed sachets of suspected dried leaves of marijuana, and several drug paraphernalia were found in Yap’s cell.

    Miraculously, and always seems to be the outcome in these cases of "resisting", and although the deceased allegedly started the gunfight, no police officers were shot or injured.
     
  5. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Please believe our lies:

    CIDG officer: Mayor Espinosa was bad, capable of killing

    5 November 2016


    Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was a bad person and was capable of killing, a police officer said Saturday as he asked the public to believe their version in the killing of the local chief executive inside a detention facility.

    ...

    Laraga lead the team of CIDG operatives who killed Espinosa inside his jail cell at the Baybay City Sub-Provincial Jail before dawn Saturday. Laraga was trying to convince the public that Espinosa was killed in a legitimate operation and that members of their team killed the local chief executive in self defense.

    ...

    Laraga said that the shootout happened as his team was serving search warrants on the mayor and another drug suspect identified as Raul Yap at the provincial jail. Yap was also killed in the supposed shootout. Laraga said the basis of the search warrant against the slain mayor was information that he was in possession of a .45 pistol and drugs inside the provincial jail.

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/stor...cer-mayor-espinosa-was-bad-capable-of-killing


    The jailer must have followed protocols, but the PNP executioners broke into the jail:

    He said that upon their arrival at the provincial jail, the jail guard on duty refused to honor the search warrants and barred them from entering the detention facility. He claimed that after at least 20 minutes of discussions, his team was forced to used a bolt cutter to "break in" to the jail.

    ...

    He said they ordered the other inmates to drop to the ground as the shootout ensued.

    Laraga said the slain mayor used a .38 Super revolver, which could have been mistaken by their informant as a .45 pistol. He added that the revolver is "expensive" and a "collector's item." Crime scene investigators said they recovered the revolver and a plastic sachet of suspected shabu inside Espinosa's jail cell. A .45 pistol and five sachets of suspected shabu, meanwhile, were seized from the jail cell of Yap.


    And yes, they have video:

    He also said that the CCTV cameras installed in the provincial jail will prove what really happened during the supposed raid.
     
  6. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    I guess the CCTV video didn't match the desired official spin:

    CCTV footage of Albuera mayor's death missing

    5 November 2016


    A hard drive containing video footage of what may have transpired during the shooting incident which led to the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. is missing, a provincial official said ... But Leyte provincial administrator Edgardo Cordeño said the hard drive containing CCTV footage of the jail, presumably also of the shooting incident, was nowhere to be found.

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/05/16/cctv-footage-of-albuera-mayors-death-missing
     
  7. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    These PNP thugs are so incredibly inept at lying. I couldn't make this up fast enough if I wanted to.
     
  8. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    One gun to kill them all?

    6 November 2016


    What’s that said of fruitcakes? That only one fruitcake is made and sold come the holidays, but it gets regifted time and again from one recipient to the next. The same thing could apply to those guns found beside victims of extrajudicial killings and police shootings. Is it possible there is only one handgun, but it gets dropped at the scene of a killing, only to be picked up by investigators and recycled for the next attack? The purpose of these handguns is obvious: to show that the victim fought back (“nanlaban” in copspeak), thereby justifying the killing.


    Latest to fall in a “shootout” with police is Mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte. Espinosa was shot dead in his cell at the Baybay Provincial Jail in Leyte, together with another prisoner, one Raul Yap, by operatives of the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (CIDG) Region 8. Espinosa and Yap reportedly fired at the police who were serving a search warrant on them. No other inmates were hurt, and there were no reports of police getting hurt or killed.


    If the Albuera mayor was a well-known and notorious drug dealer who tolerated and coddled his son Kerwin’s wider operations, he seemed to have displayed incredible stupidity in thinking he could shoot it out with police in prison with little or no possibility of escape.


    So what’s up with this fishy tale of a gunfight inside a jail?

    ...

    As it is, the CIDG personnel would appear to be among the luckiest law enforcers on the planet, having walked away unharmed after being shot at in a place where they couldn’t have expected guns in the hands of inmates.


    Or is there another story behind the shooting? There are reports that Espinosa was about to reveal the identities of some 30 personalities supposedly engaged in the drugs trade, “among them a senator, police and congressmen.” It is said that Espinosa had requested a transfer from Baybay, allegedly because of security concerns.


    Other reports say Sen. Leila de Lima is in another list of personalities who received drug money from Kerwin Espinosa, a list that the mayor was supposedly ready to reveal. But if so, shouldn’t the mayor have been better protected, considering that he would be implicating an official the Duterte administration is gunning for?

    Read the entire editorial at: http://opinion.inquirer.net/98992/one-gun-to-kill-them-all
     
  9. Diablo

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    Lacson: Mayor Espinosa’s slay a ‘clear case of extrajudicial killing’

    5 November 2016


    Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is keen to call for a resumption of the just concluded Senate inquiry into the spate of drug-related deaths following Saturday’s killing of drug suspect Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who was said to have fought back police while being served an arrest warrant at a Leyte jail ... “I think that incident is the biggest challenge to the credibility of the PNP that could affect even the other operations involving drug suspects killed under similarly suspicious circumstances,” said Lacson, a former national police chief.

    ...

    The lawmaker just could not believe what he described “a very bad script,” that is the official version of how Espinosa had died. “I can’t understand for the life of me how a prisoner inside a prison cell could even think of fighting back at police officers serving a warrant for his arrest,” said Lacson. He also cast doubt on why officers of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, instead of a court sheriff, were sent to serve the warrant on Espinosa “since he was detained anyway,” or why it had to be sent personally “when they could simply coordinate with the [jail] warden.”


    Lacson also noted that the prisoner sharing Espinosa’s cell was also killed, “therefore no witness could testify.”

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/841321/lacson-mayor-espinosa-extrajudicial-killing
     
  10. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    A few details are filled in:

    Tragic Ending

    5 November 2016


    Espinosa was killed by police operatives in a raid inside his cell at the sub-provincial jail of Baybay City, Leyte early Saturday morning. Also killed was Raul Yap, an alleged drug pusher who had been detained since July 28, 2014. Armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Tarcelo Sabarre of Regional Trial Court Branch 30, a team from Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Eastern Visayas (CIDG-8) led by Chief Insp. Leo Larraga barged into the jail at about 3 a.m. on Saturday.

    ...

    Chief Supt. Elmer Beltejar, police director for Eastern Visayas, was surprised by the CIDG-8 operation, saying it was done without coordinating with his office. “I was shocked when I heard the news (that Espinosa was killed in a shootout),” he told the Inquirer.

    ...

    A jail guard, who asked not be named, said one of the 15 CIDG-8 personnel pointed a gun at him while ordering him to open the gate. He was then told to squat down and face the wall while the four other jail guards were hurled in another corner while the rest of the CIDG team went inside the facility. The operatives also told the four policemen from the Provincial Public Safety Company not to interfere because they were also policemen. A few minutes later, bursts of gunfire rang out.


    But the jail guards were not allowed to leave their spot to check by CIDG policemen guarding them. They were only able to check the cells when the CIDG team left about 11:30 a.m., or eight hours after. Another source said the CIDG team didn’t present a warrant when they barged in.

    ...

    Over at the regional police headquarters, Chief Supt. Beltejar said he wanted to find out what happened to the hard drive of the jail’s closed-circuit camera which went missing. Leyte Provincial administrator Edgardo Cordeño also said the CIDG-8 didn’t coordinate with Capitol which runs the facility in Barangay Hipusngo, a kilometer away from the city proper. He also wondered how the CIDG managed to recover illegal drugs from the cell of Espinosa when they had just conducted a thorough search of each of the eight cells and did not find any shabu.


    Incidentally, the CIDG-8 is headed by Supt. Marvin Marcos, whose aunt, Lalaine Jimenea, was among those implicated by Espinosa in his son’s operation. Jimenea, publisher of a local paper in Ormoc, was among the seven persons charged at the Regional State Prosecutor’s office in Leyte for allegedly receiving payola from Kerwin.

    http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/111220/tragic-ending
     
  11. Diablo

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    All signs of summary killing present in Espinosa slay—solon

    7 November 2016


    A former police general turned congressman said all signs of an extrajudicial killing are present in the slay of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa by the police for allegedly fighting back even while in detention. In a press conference at the House of Representatives on Monday, Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop said the Espinosa slay was a clear case of summary killing, based on the reports he read and some first-hand information.

    The former police general questioned the need to serve the search warrant even though Espinosa was already in detention in a government facility over charges of illegal possession of drugs and unlicensed firearms. The congressman also questioned why the search warrant was served at the wee hours of the morning, and why there was no cross-examination of a witness who would corroborate the allegations Espinosa and another slain detainee Raul Yap held firearms in their cells.

    Read the entire article at: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/841771/all-signs-of-summary-killing-present-in-espinosa-slay-solon
     
  12. Diablo

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    Lacson fears for Kerwin Espinosa’s life, blasts killings

    7 November 2016


    Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday said suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa may be in danger following the death of Espinosa's father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa. Lacson, who earlier said that the death of the older Espinosa smelled of extrajudicial killing, said it is impossible that the killings of Mayor Espinosa; Atty. Rogelio Bato, lawyer of Mayor Espinosa, and inmate Edgar Allan Alvarez who supplied drugs to Kerwin are “unrelated."

    ...

    The senator, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, alleged that there may be a threat to Kerwin’s life since he received information from sources that the father and son share the same records of drug payola.

    ...

    Once he goes home, his life is also in danger and he will reveal a lot of information. It’s not because we want to protect him, we already know that it’s public knowledge that they are involved in illegal drugs. My primary interest is that maybe the consecutive killings on the people related which led to the death of the mayor may be related to the cover up since there are so many people being mentioned.

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/07/16/lacson-fears-for-kerwin-espinosas-life-blasts-killings
     
  13. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    And if there is any doubt that this execution was ordered at the highest levels, CIDG (part of PNP, which is now investigate :rolleyes: ) is alerady defending the [strike]raid[/strike] execution publicly:

    Element of surprise: CIDG-8 defends predawn search of Espinosa's cell

    7 November 2016

    Why did operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 8 conduct a search of Albuera town mayor Roland Espinosa's jail cell at 4 am? According to the CIDG-8 chief, the predawn search was done to maintain an element of surprise.

    ...

    In the interview, Marcos said the CIDG conducted the raid after an informant allegedly spotted a pistol inside Espinosa's cell at the Baybay Provincial Jail. He said the informant spotted the pistol during a drug transaction with inmate Raul Yap, and then informed CIDG provincial officer Leo Laraga about the weapon.

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/07/...dg-8-defends-predawn-search-of-espinosas-cell
     
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    Espinosa pleaded for his life; CIDG team grounded

    7 November 2016


    The policemen barged into the provincial jail in Baybay City at around 4 a.m. and forced their way at gunpoint past seven guards who demanded to see a purported search warrant. The members of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) proceeded to the cell where Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa was detained. As four police escorts of the CIDG team stood by, Espinosa begged for his life.

    ...

    Closed circuit television footage of what the CIDG team claimed was an armed encounter with Espinosa and Yap is missing. But Leyte provincial jail warden Homobono Bardillon yesterday detailed what he described as the final moments of Espinosa and Yap ... Bardillon said the jail guards tried to prevent the CIDG team from entering the jail premises because no search warrant could be produced. “They heard gunshots fired inside the cell of Espinosa where the slain mayor was begging (for his life) from the CIDG operatives,” Bardillon said.

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/07/1641332/espinosa-pleaded-his-life-cidg-team-grounded


    More from the same article: There really isn't going to be any "investigation" worth mentioning ...

    CIDG regional director Chief Superintendent Marvin Marcos defended his men, saying they were forced to kill the two detainees in self-defense. Marcos said they are ready to face a probe. “Yes, we are willing to submit to any probe and cooperate,” he said. “This is also an avenue for us, especially… the CIDG operatives who served the search warrant to clear their names and the CIDG of course. Speculations will not help in the investigation; let’s await the results of whatever investigation may come.” Marcos also denied earlier reports that the CIDG raiding team confiscated the CCTV video in the jail that could show the supposed firefight. “That is a blatant lie... why should we get and destroy a vital facility which is not ours?” Marcos said.

    Well, if you're out there executing people extra-judicially, what's a few other petty crimes along the way?

    Carlos said the PNP probe would focus more on finding out if the CIDG team observed the proper procedure in serving a search warrant. Officials said the probe would also look into possible collusion between jail guards and inmates to get guns and drugs into the jail.

    So, no real investigation of the extra-judicial killing! Color me surprised!
     
  16. Diablo

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    Slain Mayor Espinosa 'incapable' of hiding guns in jail - police chief

    7 November 2016


    A police official on Monday expressed doubt that detained mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte had hidden weapons in his jail cell before a search operation which led to the alleged firefight that killed him and another detainee ... Albuera police chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, however, is unconvinced that Espinosa had smuggled contraband items in his jail cell just weeks after he executed an affidavit naming public officials who allegedly received grease money from him and his alleged drug lord son, Kerwin Espinosa.

    ...

    It is very obvious to the public that he is a narco-politician and that he has turned over to the government's side. He has already filed, executed an affidavit. And we have just transferred Mayor to the Baybay provincial jail.
    We know that he was not capable of possessing a gun inside. We can also say that he could not have formed an organization inside because he was alone in his cell and there are only a few detainees in the provincial jail.

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/07/...incapable-of-hiding-guns-in-jail-police-chief
     
  17. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    I guess CIDG-8's initial remarks to cover their asses & pat themselves on the back didn't go over very well. So now we have damage control, phase 2:

    CIDG-8 head relieved over Espinosa jail slay

    7 November 2016


    The Philippine National Police has started to take action against police officers involved in the raid that led to the killing of detained Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. inside his cell at the Leyte sub-provincial jail on Saturday. Supt. Marvin Marcos was relieved as the head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Eastern Visayas (CIDG-8) effective Monday. Chief Insp. Ma. Bella Rentuaya, Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) information officer of the Philippine National Police, said the relief of Marcos was ordered by the CIDG headquarters.

    ...

    A team from the CIDG in Manila arrived on Sunday to investigate the killing of Espinosa and Yap. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla called for a “separate and independent” probe on the fatal shootout.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/841941/cidg-8-head-relieved-over-espinosa-jail-slay


    Marvin Marcos was the idiot who said the investigation would focus on the propriety of the search warrent, seemingly ignoring the jailhouse execution that took place.

    The only way to get an honest investigation is to have it done by an separate, independent agency. PNP (which includes CIDG) is a corrupt agency utterly incapable of investigaging itself.
     
  18. Diablo

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    Albuera police chief: Espinosa was silenced

    7 November 2016


    A local police chief believes that Albuera town mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was killed to stop him from revealing information about people allegedly involved in illegal drugs. I believe this is a big group, ano, because as in the case of Mayor Espinosa, there are so many people involved - politicians, PNP personnel, army. Ang dami talaga," Albuera Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido told ANC. He added that the pre-dawn search was questionable, given that Espinosa had several pending cases.

    ...

    It is expected that something like that will happen. Mayor Espinosa was facing several charges, all non-bailable, yet his jail cell was searched for a minor charge. According to the police chief, security at the provincial jail is very strict, and it would be very difficult for Espinosa to bring in a gun to his cell ... I already observed the manner they run the provincial jail because I was the one who brought Mayor Espinosa there. They are very strict. We can't even bring in our guns ... In my opinion, although I was not there when the incident happened, it is very obvious [that Espinosa was silenced].

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/11/07/16/albuera-police-chief-espinosa-was-silenced
     
  19. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Or as Cicero said to the Roman Senate over 2000 years ago, "Quis custodes custodiet?" (Who will guard the guards themselves?)

    Robredo: Who will now police the police?

    7 November 2016


    “Who will police the police?” This was the question raised by Vice President Leni Robredo on the killing of Abuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who was shot dead by law enforcers who claimed the local chief executive tried to fight back while detained at a provincial jail.

    ...

    For Robredo, the circumstances of Espinosa’s death showed a “peculiar context” and raised “a lot of questions” on the official account of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on how the mayor ended up dead while being served a search warrant for illegal drugs and illegal firearms right inside his jail cell. Robredo, a lawyer, said that the “unlawful event even puts into question the integrity of the institution.” “Thus, we ask: who will police the police?” Robredo said.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/841959/robredo-who-will-now-police-the-police
     
  20. Diablo

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    I've also read a suggestion that Rolando Espinosa Sr. didn't actually write the affidavit but merely signed what was placed in front of him. That would mean that he was played and set up. Either way, he ended up with a lot off powerful enemies.

    Espinosa 'affidavit' bares details of son's drug deals

    7 November 2016


    Before his unexpected death, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. signed a sworn statement and a supplemental affidavit on what he allegedly knew about his son Kerwin's supposed illegal drug activities in Eastern Visayas. In the statement, Espinosa said he was merely fulfilling a promise made to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa when he turned himself in to the authorities last August 2, following President Rodrigo Duterte's shoot-on-sight order for his and Kerwin's alleged involvement in illegal drugs.


    Espinosa admitted his son was a big-time drug lord, and he knew of this because they were living close to each other in Albuera. He added his son was open about his drug dealings. According to Espinosa, his son got his drug supply from a certain alias "Lovely," who in turn got her supply from a certain Peter Co and Peter Lim.


    ...

    Espinosa also named 50 alleged drug protectors of his son in various sectors of the government. He based it on a so-called "pink book" that he kept, and from what he can recall, former Justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima was named. Espinosa said he met De Lima in Baguio, and a cash transaction transpired in Dampa Restaurant in Manila. Others included in alleged list are Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, and incoming Albuera Vice Mayor Sixto dela Victoria.

    The officials, however, strongly denied they benefited from the illegal drug trade.

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/07/16/espinosa-affidavit-bares-details-of-sons-drug-deals
     

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