CANDELARIA, Quezon – Police on Monday night discovered and uprooted marijuana trees planted at the backyard of a farmhouse in Bgy. Malabanban Norte, this town.
Quezon police director Col. Audie Madrideo, who personally inspected the farm along with Mayor Macario Boongaling, said farm owner Charles Altomonte, a businessman of Muntinlupa City, was not around when the policemen arrived.
Madrideo said they found in Altomonte’s farm nine fully-grown marijuana trees, 68 cannabis trees that were already harvested (without roots and leaves) and two bundles of dried leaves wrapped in newspapers and weighing more than two kilos.
Town police commander Lt. Col. Jezreel Calderon said earlier on Monday, his men spotted the marijuana plantation. They immediately raided the farm.
“Backed-up by members of the Quezon Provincial Mobile Force Company under Lt. Col. Arnulfo Selencio, and the Provincial Intelligence Branch, we made the seizure under the principle of plain view doctrine,” said Calderon.
Farm caretakers Celina Ramos, 45, and son Rheycel, 22, told the police that Altomonte lives in Muntinlupa City and stays at the farmhouse three times a week.
“Siya (Altomonte) po ang mismong nag-aalaga ng mga halaman na ‘yan,” the Ramoses told the authorities.
The mother and her son volunteered to stand as witnesses against their boss who allegedly planted the marijuana sometime last June.