ANTI-NARCOTICS agents nabbed a government worker in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato and seized about P1.3 million worth of marijuana during an operation, an official said Thursday.
Naravy Duquiatan, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 12 (Soccsksargen) director, identified the arrested suspect as Jude Paolo David Javier, 25, a job order employee of the city health office.
Duquiatan said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after claiming a parcel declared as a “cooking set” at the Kidapawan Postal Office.
“The operatives were already waiting in the vicinity for the claimant of the package before he was nabbed,” Duquiatan said, adding that the parcel contained illegal drugs. It was traced through the intelligence section of the PDEA national office.
PDEA-12 agents conducted the operation in cooperation with the operatives of the PDEA Central Office, Bureau of Customs-12, and the local police.
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Found inside the parcel were 927 grams of marijuana with a street value of P1.3 million.
Duquiatan added that also found inside the parcel were two plastic bags containing 21 vape cartridges of yellowish substance suspected to be marijuana oil, the value of which is yet to be determined.
“This is the biggest illegal marijuana kush seized by our operatives in the region, aside from vapes containing suspected yellowish marijuana oil which is the first here in our area,” Duquiatan said.
Duquiatan said the parcel was shipped from abroad, but refused to divulge further information.
“This is an alarming situation of drug smuggling brought by some drug syndicates through online and other means of transaction, and is difficult to trace if we are not armed with reliable information and intel reports,” Duquiatan stressed.
“Marijuana kush are greenhouse laboratory formulated plants that are ten times stronger than the usual marijuana planted on land.”