ILOILO CITY – Police recovered a huge quantity of dried marijuana leaves during a raid Saturday morning in Buenavista town in Guimaras.
However, the subject of the search warrant was able to elude police by jumping into a river. Senior Inspector Jeffrey Rosgal, chief of the Buenavista police, said in a radio interview Saturday that they recovered one big pack of marijuana leaves and 37 small sachets containing similar leaves from the house of Wesley Yan Sarate in Barangay Sto. Rosario.
The pack contained enough marijuana leaves that could later be repacked into more than 37 sachets, Rosgal said.
They also recovered two cigarette lighters and empty sachets which they believe Sarate uses in repacking marijuana leaves.
Rosgal suspects that Sarate gets his supply of illegal drugs from Iloilo City.
"We have been staking him out for almost a month now, and we were able to conduct a test-buy from him," he said. Eventually, they were able to secure a search warrant from Judge Merlin Deloria.
Rosgal said that Sarate lives in the middle of a fishpond. "From where he is, he could see us coming, so he was able to escape by jumping into the river," Rosgal said.