Marijuana field found in Bago

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Monday, June 16, 2014


PHILIPPINE Army troopers and Bago City Police Station found a marijuana plantation at Purok Abaka, Sitio Pataan, Barangay Mailum in Bago Saturday afternoon.

Superintendent Arnel Arpon, Bago city police chief, said on Sunday that Mailum councilman Rene Boy Hongoy informed them over the telephone past 2 p.m. that day about the existence of the plantation.

He said several policemen led by Police Officer 3 (PO3) Arturo Margallo Jr. were dispatched to the area, with assistance from Ma-ao Community Police Assistance Center.

The police team confiscated about 50 growing plants, 20 harvested plants, and 40 seedlings of suspected marijuana as well as 70 plastic cups containing seedlings and seeds of suspected marijuana, and 100 seeds of suspected marijuana.

Arpon said the marijuana plantation was discovered by Army soldiers who were conducting visibility patrol at Purok Abaka around 11 a.m.
However, they are facing difficulty in determining the identity of the plantation owner, he said.

The confiscated marijuana plants were brought to the Bago City Police Station and will be turned over to the Crime Laboratory of Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office today.

Arpon said that before the marijuana field was found, he received reports from school heads near the area that marijuana is being sold to their students.

The target customers are students in said area, he said.

Arpon added that the discovery of the marijuana plantation is a big help in their campaign against illegal drugs.

The owner of the marijuana plantation will face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 16, 2014.

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