By JOEY P. NACALABAN
OPERATIVES of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office here seized cannabis plants worth almost a million pesos in two separate sting operations Saturday.
Senior Insp. Maricris Mulat, head, City Drug Enforcement Unit, identified the suspects as Francisco Neri, 39, residing at sitio Biasong, Barangay Macasandig, this city; Don Claudio Absin,33, San Francisco street, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, and Estephen Nery, 22, also of this city.
Mulat said, their team first arrested (Estephen) Nery while at Paseo del Reo in Nazareth at 3:45 am.
The raiding group was able to recover a large sachet containing marijuana from Nery worth P1,000. Another 120 grams of the same drugs worth P36,000, and the P1,000 marked money were also found from his possesion.
Mulat revealed that prior to the arrest of Nery her office has already received reports that the suspect is selling drugs in the area.
“We then planned for an operation in the area and arrested the suspect. During an investigation Nery revealed to us the source of his illegal drugs,” Mulat said.
The group immediately proceeded to the residence of (Francisco) Neri at Biasong, Macasandig and conducted a buy-bust.
In an interview with reporters, Neri did not deny owning the marijuana.
He said he stocked cannabi for medicinal purposes.
“In fact, I’m preparing for my license and permit for a cannabis clinic to be opened next year here in the city,” said Neri.