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NBI nabs 2 illegal sellers of endangered Agarwood

June 20, 2021 Hector Lawas 423 views

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has announced the arrest of two persons for the alleged sale of endangered forest product Agarwood – whose resin extract is widely used in perfumes and incense – during entrapment operation in Quezon City.

NBI Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Eric B. Distor identified the suspects as Nathaniel Avelino and Mark Gil Espino.

Their arrest stemmed from an information received by the NBI-EnCD Environmental Crime Division regarding a group of individuals who are engaged in the selling and possession of an endangered forest product Agarwood.

An informant revealed that a certain “Jerry” was in possession of Agarwood and was selling the same for P150,000 per kilo.

NBI-EnCD operatives then conducted verification through meeting and transacting with “Jerry” and his two companions. A certain “Mark”, one of Jerry’s companions, made a final arrangement to sell 17 kilograms of Agarwood for P115,000 or a total of P1,955,000to the poseur-buyer on June 15, 2021.

The NBI-EnCD operatives along with the personnel from Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (DENR-ELEPS) and DENR-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) conducted the entrapment operation resulting in the arrest the suspects who were caught in the act of selling and in possession of Agarwood without permit to possess and transport.

Seized from them were 17.75 kgs of Agarwood, weighing scale, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and Mitsubishi Adventure with plate number DCP 3396.

They were brought for inquest before the Office of City Prosecutor of Quezon City for violation of Section 77 of PD 705 otherwise known as the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines as amended, and Section 27(e) and (f) of RA 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.”