SANTOL, La Union — A two-hectare marijuana plantation located in more than 32 separate sites at the tri-boundary of La Union, Ilocos Sur and Benguet was raided by combined elements of the Philippine Drug and Enforcement Agency, the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force and the La Union Police last February 13.
Dubbed “Love Triangle, the operation resulted in the destruction of fully-grown marijuana plants and 170 grams of marijuana seeds with an estimated value of more than P50-million and the arrest of one marijuana cultivator identified as Jomar Capungan, 29 years old”, according to PDEA Regional Director Adrian G. Alvarino .
The suspect, who was nabbed in Barangay Likungan in Sugpon town, was brought to Ilocos Sur and was criminally charged of violating Sections 11 and 16 article II of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and is not eligible for bail.
It was learned that Capungan tried to escape from the area but was caught by one of the narcotics agents who searched him and was found to be in possession of marijuana seeds.
The marijuana plants were uprooted and burned on-site.It was understood that the marijuana seeds would serve as one of the evidence against Capungan.
“We used an Air Force assets to enter the plantation at the mountains of Sugpon, Ilocos Sur where some of the marijuana
cultivators were surprised at seeing the lawmen. Actually, the arrested cultivator was in the act of watering his marijuana plants
when he tried to escape,” Director Alvarino added.
According to the PDEA, unidentified individuals bring their marijuana leaves to Metro Manila, where they they can easily as sell illegal drugs thinking that their financier in planting are from that area.
“We are resolute in clearing these plantation sites before it reaches the main populace as evidenced by Noelezar.”Remarked PDEA RO1 Regional Director ADRIAN G. ALVARIÑO who was referring to the arrest of Noelezar T. Molina, the suspect who tried transporting 105 kilos of hemp street valued at 450K to Manila at Santol, La Union. Christine Junio, June Elias and Thom Picana/northboundasia.com