P4 million marijuana plants seized in Toledo City
The police failed to arrest the suspects but they were able to seize 10,150 stalks of fully-grown marijuana plants.
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P4 million marijuana plants seized in Toledo City
Iris Hazel M. Mascardo (The Freeman) - August 6, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — At least P4 million worth of marijuana plants were uprooted by the police in Sitio Buyo, Barangay Capitan Claudio, Toledo City last Tuesday.

Joint operatives of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-7 and 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company, led by Lt. Col. Randy Korret, raided the plantation allegedly cultivated by siblings Jun and Gabriel Alesir following information from a concern citizen.

“Sa aming contact tracing may nagsabi sa amin na may nagtatanim doon ng marijuana, so chineck muna naming, kaya lang nung huhulihin na sana namin tumakbo, ang bilis tumakbo sa bundok,” Korret said.

The police failed to arrest the suspects but they were able to seize 10,150 stalks of fully-grown marijuana plants.

Korret said they have conducted surveillance operations for almost a month before the actual raid Tuesday noon. Witnesses told the police that the suspects were originally vegetable farmers. The Alesir siblings will face a criminal complaint for violation of Section 16, Article II of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Meanwhile, an alleged high-value target was arrested during a buy-bust operation Tuesday evening in Sitio Libo, Barangay Tayud, Consolacion.

The suspect was identified as Maria Catherine Serut, 37, resident of Sitio Tawagan in the same barangay.

Seized from her were seven packs of shabu weighing at least 50 grams with estimated street value of P340,000. The suspect is now detained while charges are being prepared. — FPL (FREEMAN)

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