Police raid 'indoor marijuana laboratory' in San Juan

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Posted at Sep 19 2019 10:50 PM | Updated as of Sep 21 2019 09:36 AM

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MANILA - Police have raided a "marijuana laboratory" in San Juan City after they received a tip from a concerned citizen about suspicious activities of a building tenant.

According to San Juan police chief Police Colonel Jaime Santos, they received a tip from a concerned citizen who showed photos of marijuana planted in the rooftop of a building in the city.

"She was the one who sought assistance sa ating PCP na merong hinihinalang marijuana dahil tenant siya. Sa rooftop, nakita ang mga tanim na marijuana kaya, kumuha siya ng pictures. May movement dito, may nag-aakyat ng fertilizer, botelya. Electric bill, umabot sa P29,000 monthly," Santos said.

NCPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar said they applied for a search warrant as soon as they gathered enough evidence, which the court granted.

Authorities immediately raided the 4th floor of the building and discovered marijuana nurseries.

"Ito yung sinasabi natin na indoor cultivated marijuana plantation. Hindi first time na magkaroon tayo ng ganitong operation. May iba pang equipment na ginagamit sa pagtatanim nitong marijuana," Eleazar said.

"Sa urban area, ginagawa nilang paraan kasi sa loob ng mga bahay as long as i-me-maintain ang tamang temperature, puwede na silang ma-cultivate," he added.

No one was found inside the "marijuana lab" during the raid but authorities said they have information that the tenant has been renting the area for 7 months already.

"Part of the investigation is getting the name of the tenant and background nitong establishment para siyang managot. Initially, sinasabi Chinese pero we have to check on this," Eleazar said.

Police found packed marijuana leaves which they said were ready for selling.

After the search and inventory, police will investigate if liquified marijuana was also produced in the area.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said the marijuana lab was located in a quiet residential area.

"Nasa 4th floor tayo ng isang apartment building, tago pa. Kung ikaw ay naglalakad lang sa kalye hindi mo mapapansin and laboratory. Tahimik ang barangay na ito. Naipakita natin na hindi puwede ang droga dito sa lungsod ng San Juan," Zamora said.