Also arrested with the suspect, Cabrera Blando were 7 suspects including 3 women who were found on the farm during the raid. The taskforce also retrieved about five tonnes of marijuana which had been harvested and stored in jute bags and plastic drums in the cottage.
The other suspects are Emman Babat, 24, Romeo Aplicano, 26, Jesie Solis, 23, Eric Trinidad, 18, Mercy Perez, 25, Angel Tolentino, 20 and Sarah Valdrez, 26.
Head of the taskforce said the farm was one of the largest in the history of the country.
He said in August this year, the PDEA gathered intelligence to the effect that Cabrera had acquired a large portion of land in Carmen area and was cultivating marijuana on large scale.
He said based on this information the PDEA mounted surveillance on him.
According to him, in June this year, intelligence gathered indicated he had relocated to the area and acquired about 5 hectares of land and had employed some youth, including schoolchildren to cultivate marijuana.
He said undercover agents were deployed in the area for some day until those agents were able to locate the farm. The joint team of personnel from the PDEA and the Police went to the farm to conduct search in the farm which was disguised with banana plantation.
He indicated that the team then moved to the farm and managed to arrest Cabrera Blanco in his cottage with the 7 other suspects.
About five tonnes of marijuana which had been harvested and stored in jute bags and plastic drums in the cottage were retrieved.
The farm and part of the harvested stock were then destroyed. Four pump action guns were retrieved from Cabrera’s room.