Young farmer nabbed for marijuana bricks

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BAGUIO CITY: The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Cordillera has arrested a 22-year-old farmer for selling close to P500,000 worth of marijuana bricks to a poseur-buyer last Friday.

The suspect, identified as Arnulfo Sacla, was caught red-handed after handing over 5,000 grams of the prohibited street and recreation drug. He was charged for violating Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) of Republic Act No. 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. PDEA-Cordillera Director Allan Ricardo said Sacla’s arrest came a few days after a marijuana brick manufacturing facility in Kibungan, Benguet was raided. Earlier this month, a van-full of marijuana bricks enroute to Metro Manila and reportedly meant for illicit markets as far as Boracay, was intercepted by National Bureau of Investigation-Cordillera agents led by Special Investigator Edwin Fianza at a checkpoint along Kennon Road here.

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