Marijuana Photo shows the marijuana seized in a drug bust in Gapan City on Monday which led to the arrest of three suspected drug traders. Photo by STEVE A. GOSUICO

3 men busted for selling 5’7” fully-grown MJ plants in Ecija

August 31, 2021 Steve A. Gosuico 376 views

GAPAN CITY — Anti-narcotics operatives here nabbed three men after selling a fully-grown marijuana plants and plastic sachets containing the illegal drugs all worth P15,220.

In a report to acting provincial police head Col. Rhoderick B. Campo, city police chief Lt. Col. Alexie A. Desamito identified the arrested suspects as Lito Balmeo, 43, truck driver; his helper Michael Balmeo, 39, both of Likod Drive, Bgy. San Nicolas, this city and Raymond De Guzman, 28, of Bgy. Alua, San Isidro.

The three suspects were busted during a drug sting in Bgy. Bayanihan at 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Purchased from the suspects was a fully-grown marijuana plant 5’7” high that was placed inside a white sack.

During the buy-bust, Desamito said the suspects were also found in possession of eight plastic sachets containing marijuana with a total weight of 43.5 grams.

All the seized marijuana were valued at P15,220.

Also recovered were the suspects’ black Kawasaki Bajaj tricycle and the buy-bust money worth P1,000 and P9,000 in boodle money.

Desamito said the arrested suspects will be subjected to a drug test examination and inquest proceedings for violation of Republic Act 9165 before the city prosecutors’ office here.