Authorities raided a marijuana plantation at Sitio Dat-Ayan in Barangay Minagbag in Quezon town on Saturday afternoon.
According to Police Cpt. Rouel Mena, chief of the Quezon Police Station, the marijuana plantation was in the mountainous area, which is about 7,000 square meters.
There were 21 trees of marijuana planted that police immediately pulled out. But they suspected that they were just the ones left.
“Malamang yung iba ay na-harvest na po kasi previously meron kaming information na sa banda doon ay may mga naitanim na rin. Yun nga lang when we conducted operation last April this year, we were not able to hit o kaya hindi namin natumbok yung nasabing lugar at ang napuntahan namin noon ay sa kabilang bundok lang,” said Mena.
(It is likely that others have already been harvested because we have previously received information that there are marijuana trees planted there as well. Unfortunately, we conducted the operation last April this year, we were not able to find the spot and what we came to was just the other side of the mountain.)
According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 2, each marijuana plant is worth P200, and the total amount of confiscation is P4,200.
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“Kung hindi lang naunahan tayo, mas malaki sana nakuha natin sa plantation. But more importantly it will prevent the cultivator of that portion dahil nabunyag na yung gawain niya,” said Police Col. James Cipriano, director of Isabela Police Provincial Office.
(If they did not come first, we would have raided a more substantial part of the plantation. But more importantly, it will prevent the cultivator of that portion because his activity was exposed.
Authorities also did not rule out that the six-kilogram marijuana seized in April came from the said plantation.
A man who said to be the caretaker of the marijuana plantation is being investigated.
“Yun na rin po ang binigay ng ating confidential informant na pangalan at sa aking pag-iimbestiga doon sa paligid-ligid ng nasabing lugar ay tumpak po yung ibinigay na pangalan,” added Mena.
Authorities also found that the suspect had just moved to Quezon and was living in the neighboring province of Kalinga.