P2.4M marijuana plants uprooted in San Carlos

The alleged marijuana plantation discovered by police in Barangay Codcod, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of San Carlos City Police Station)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Police uprooted 132 fully grown marijuana plants valued at P2.4 million at Purok Mangium, Sitio Bedio, Barangay Codcod, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental last Tuesday.

Arrested were a 38-year-old farmer and his 28-year-old companion, both residents of the said village.

Police Lt. Col. Nazer Canja, city police chief, said the alleged marijuana plantation was incidentally discovered while they were conducting an operation against a wanted person.

“The marijuana plants, weighing 20 kilos, were sighted along the trail in the upland part of the village,” Canja said.

Police also recovered a .45 caliber pistol, a magazine, and three live rounds of ammunition from the younger suspect.

Canja noted that the suspects have been allegedly cultivating the plants and have already harvested some of them. This incident marks the fourth discovery of a marijuana plantation in the city since 2020.

Drug charges are being prepared against both suspects, while another case for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition will be filed against the younger suspect.

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