100 kilos of marijuana bricks seized in La Union

March 6, 2010 12:28 pm 

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M. FLORENDO, La Union, March 6 — A checkpoint in front of the police station in San Gabriel, La Union intercepted at dawn Friday a gray Toyota Hi-ace van loaded with 100 kilograms of marijuana bricks worth P2.525 million.

The police led by Senior Inspector Eduardo Sarmiento, chief of police of San Gabriel, arrested all four persons on board the van after discovering the dried marijuana bricks in the vehicle's compartment.

Senior Superintendent Noli Taliño, La Union Police director, in his report to Region 1 Chief Superintendent Constante D. Azares Jr., disclosed that personnel of San Gabriel police led by Sarmiento flagged down the van for routine inspection at around 1:30 a.m.

Noting that the occupants of the van were acting "unusually nervous," the police officers decided to check the vehicle’s compartment after some negotiation and found the marijuana bricks.

Taliño identified the occupants of the van as Bony T. Santos, 34, and Francis Mogati, 22, both of La Trinidad, Benguet; and Lindel Camilo, 23, and Molitas Mariacos, 19, both from Barangay Lon-oy, San Gabriel, La Union. They are now detained at the San Gabriel police station.

The police seized 15 bricks of dried marijuana leaves weighing one kilo each, 33 two-kilo bricks, and 20 one-kilo marijuana rolls.

According to Sarmiento, they requested the presence of Barangay Poblacion Sur Chairman Carlos Caweng and Nestor Ducusin of Bombo Radyo La Union, also a resident of the said barangay, to act as witnesses when the suspects initially refused to open their van’s compartment.

When the suspects finally allowed the interior of the van to be inspected, the police found three sacks, a box and a plastic bag containing the marijuana bricks.

Sarmiento said that prior to the interception of the van, they received a tip from an unidentified concerned citizen regarding the marijuana shipment.

Azares personally commended Sarmiento and his men for their accomplishment, even as he expressed satisfaction over the good police-community relations in San Gabriel.

“Keep up the good work, and continue your good partnership with our stakeholders,” Azares told the men and officers of the San Gabriel Police Station. (PNA)



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