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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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Cops nab 2 ‘peddling'
marijuana on Internet

The illegal business of selling marijuana has gone high-tech, with those behind it now using social media.

But the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office also used social media to conduct an entrapment operation Sunday in San Carlos City, that led to the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of about 10 kilos of dried marijuana leaves.

Chief Inspector Mark Anthony Darroca, AIDSOTF chief, said yesterday that they ordered marijuana through a social network, in a ploy to arrest those engaged in the illegal business. This led to the arrest of Bonn Antiquera and Odessa Cañeda in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Rizal, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Darroca said they also recovered P300 in marked money and a Toyota Estima Lucida vehicle being used by the suspects, who are now in jail.

The market value of the confiscated marijuana was placed at P162,000, at P18,000 per kilo.

Police investigations showed that the supply of marijuana was traced to have originated from Balamban, Cebu, and due for transport to Iloilo by the two arrested suspects.

Darroca said in the past two weeks the ongoing Oplan Tokhang anti-drug campaign of NOCPPO, led to the surrender of more than 6,000 pushers and users in Negros Occidental alone.

Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday encouraged parents to monitor closely their children, who are fond of using the social media, as they may come across those selling marijuana through the internet.

Darroca said the surrender of thousands of drug users and pushers in Negros Occidental alone, also resulted in the scarcity of supply of shabu.*GPB

Marijuana p.1 caption

The 10 kilos of dried marijuana leaves taken from two Iloilo residents in a buy-bust operation in San Carlos City.*




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