Polish man arrested for possessing marijuana on Siquijor island

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An unspecified amount of marijuana was seized on the Polish man’s residence this morning. If convicted of possession, he could face life imprisonment. File photograph.

A 38-year-old Polish man living on Siquijor Island has been arrested for possession of marijuana following an early morning police raid.

Piotr Galewski detained for illegal drug possession after he was caught with drugs at 5am today (Thursday, December 27) in San Juan.

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Officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Special Weapons and Armory Tactics (SWAT) from the Siquijor Provincial Police Office conducted the joint operation. They had previously secured a search warrant signed by Siquijor Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Alejandro Bahonsua.

Confiscated from the suspect were four transparent heat-sealed bags and a large transparent ziplock plastic bag containing a compressed block of dried marijuana leaves. Also seized was a glass pipe, which contained particles of suspected marijuana, a packet of flavoured rolling paper, three disposable lighters, an item described as “a cutter” and a wooden box containing all the other items. Neither the weight of the marijuana nor its value have been revealed.

Polish suspect faces life

Police investigations are continuing. Galewski remains in detention pending the filing of drug charges against him. Although not yet confirmed, these are likely to be under section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) of Republic Act 9165. If found guilty of carrying more than five grams of the drug, Olsen could face life imprisonment.

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Earlier this year, Siquijor police announced their intention to make the island 100 per cent drug free as part of President Duterte’s nationwide crackdown on illegal narcotics.

This year has also seen a crackdown on the popular surfing island of Siargao. In April, we reported on the arrest of a British man for possession of marijuana. Liam Cox, aged 32, was among four people caught during a police raid. He had previously hit the headlines for organising naked caribou tours of the island.

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