La Union Police Destroy P9-M Marijuana Plants

SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION – The search by a 46-year old man for his missing wife led to the discovery of three marijuana plantations in the mountainous border villages of Sapdaan in Santol town and San Mocgao, Kibungan, Benguet the other day.

The marijuana plants in the three places in the border villages had an estimated value of at least P9- million and were destroyed by the police who accompanied Freddie Lagawen, a resident of Sapdaan.

In an interview over Bombo Radyo La Union here, Chief Inspector Danilo Ligayo, Santol police station commander, said that before the discovery of the marijuana plantations, they received a complaint from Lagawen alleging that his wife left him for another man and that she was in the neighboring village.

The police, along with Lagawen, climbed the mountainous terrain for six hours looking for the hideout of the wife and her lover. They found the wife and her lover busy harvesting marijuana leaves in an extensive field.

When they saw the law enforcers and Lagawen, the couple fled, but the police gave chase and arrested them.

Ligayo said they will file charges against the wife of Lagawen and her paramour, identified as Rufino Lagadeo, 46, of Barangay Badeo in Kibunga, for violations against the Comprehensive Dangerous Act or Republic Act No. 9165 for acting as overseers of the marijuana plantations that had a total area of 1,600 square meters.

It was learned that Lagawen will also file an adultery charge against his wife and Lagadeo.

The difficulty of life in the mountains might have been the reason my wife left me and joined the marijuana cultivator, according to Lagawen. He did not say they had children. CHRISTINE JUNIO/Northbound Philippines News