A medical student was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Quezon City for selling cannabis oil.
In a report issued on Saturday, Senior Deputy Director Eric Distor, NBI officer-in-charge, identified the suspect as Rose Vill Maldo.
According to Distor, the arrest of Maldo stemmed from information received by the NBI-Special Action Unit (SAU) that a medical practitioner was selling cannabis oil online as medicine for cancer and epilepsy, as pain reliever, and as an additive to e-cigarette/vape juice.
The NBI-SAU hatched an entrapment operation which resulted in the apprehension of Maldo in a coffee shop in Barangay Doña Imelda, Quezon City on March 9.
The operatives were able to confiscate a total of 27 ml of cannabis oil with an estimated value of P26,000, a 9mm Taurus G3 pistol, and several ammunition.
The seized illegal drugs were submitted for forensic examination and laboratory analysis, subsequently yielding positive results for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive substance that produces the “high” associated with smoking marijuana and can also lead to central nervous system depression.
Verification of the pistol with the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office revealed that Maldo has a License to Own and Possess Firearm with expiry date on March 4, 2023. However, the suspect failed to present a Certificate of Exemption from Gun Ban.
Further investigation revealed that Maldo is a medical student/intern and during the conduct of tactical interrogation, admitted that he is not a licensed physician.
Maldo was later subjected to e-inquest before the Office of the City Prosecutor-Quezon City for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.