Authorities found an indoor “marijuana laboratory” after a raid in San Juan City, Thursday night.
A concerned citizen reported suspicious activities of a building tenant to the police. The informant also showed pictures of marijuana planted at the building’s rooftop.
“She was the one who sought assistance sa ating PCP na merong hinihinalang marijuana dahil tenant siya. Sa rooftop, nakita ang mga tanim na marijuana kaya, kumuha siya ng pictures. May movement dito, may nag-aakyat ng fertilizer, botelya. Electric bill, umabot sa P29,000 monthly,” San Juan police chief Police Colonel Jaime Santos said.
(Se was the one who sought the assistance of our PCP on suspicion of marijuana because she was a tenant. On the rooftop, she saw marijuana plants, so she took pictures. There is a movement here, and some bring fertilizer, bottles. Electric bill went up to P29,000 monthly.)
NCPO chief Guillermo Eleazar said they immediately raided the 4th floor of the building after they gathered enough evidence and the court granted them a search warrant.
“Ito yung sinasabi natin na indoor cultivated marijuana plantation. Hindi first time na magkaroon tayo ng ganitong operation. May iba pang equipment na ginagamit sa pagtatanim nitong marijuana,” Eleazar said.
(This is what we call indoor cultivated marijuana plantation. It’s not the first time we have this operation. Other equipment is used to cultivate this marijuana.)
“Sa urban area, ginagawa nilang paraan kasi sa loob ng mga bahay as long as i-me-maintain ang tamang temperature, puwede na silang ma-cultivate,” he added.
(In the urban area, they are finding ways because in the houses, as long as they can maintain the right temperature, they can cultivate,” he added.
Marijuana laboratory could be a Chinese
Police did not catch anyone inside the “marijuana lab,” but Eleazar said the suspect was allegedly a Chinese who has been a tenant for seven months already.
“Part of the investigation is getting the name of the tenant and background nitong establishment para siyang managot. Initially, sinasabi Chinese pero we have to check on this,” Eleazar said.
(Part of the investigation is getting the name of the tenant and background of this establishment so he would take responsibility. Initially, they said it was Chinese but we have to check on this.)
Authorities also recovered packs of marijuana ready to be sold.