Briton, Filipino wife who cultivate cannabis in Subic arrested

City of San Fernando, Pampanga —A British and his Filipino wife were arrested by government anti-illegal drugs operatives following a raid in their rented apartment at Magdalena Homes in Subic, Zambales Friday.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said some P15 million worth of fully grown cannabis (marijuana) were uprooted and seized.

The suspects were brought to PDEA 3 regional headquarters while charges were being prepared.

PDEA 3 Director Gil Pabilona identified the suspects as Simon Stuart McLaren Watson, 44, and Riza Macabenta Fernandez, 29.

Pabilona said the suspects closed a drug deal with a poseur buyer who met them outside their residence at past 2 a.m. He said they were arrested after handing quantitative amount of dried marijuana. 

The operatives, Pabilona said, barged into the suspects’ residence where they discovered a fully airconditioned and well-lighted nursery room, about five by six square meters floor size with fully grown cannabis planted on 64 medium-size pots kept inside. 

“This is the first cannabis laboratory plantation discovered by PDEA and operatives of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit in Central Luzon,” said Pabilona. 

He said the first similar “plantation” was discovered in Las Piñas last year. 

Uprooted marijuana, Pabilona said, weighed more or less 10 kilos with estimated value of not less than P15 million based on the Dangerous Drugs Board prevailing assessment.

Pabilona said the two were selling cannabis to their close friends. 

“We are still checking if the suspects are selling the stuff online [since] there are reports on their alleged activities.”

“We are still verifying the information. So far this is what we found out inside their house,” Pabilona explained.

Cultivation and selling of marijuana is prohibited under the law.

Topics: Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency , Simon Stuart McLaren Watson , Riza Macabenta Fernandez , GIl Pabilona
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