3 La Salle students held over ‘downers’


Two 17-year-old students of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas who live in an exclusive subdivision in Muntinlupa City have been taken into custody by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for selling a brand of cigarettes believed to contain illegal drugs.

A third DLSU student who resides in the same subdivision has been arrested and subjected to inquest proceedings after the two identified him as their supplier.

Special investigator Salvador Arteche of the NBI’s Reaction, Arrest and Interdiction Division (RAID) said the 17-year-old students who are residents of Ayala Alabang Village were apprehended on Saturday in an entrapment operation after they sold a pack of Maraja Fruit Tobacco to an undercover agent on Alabang-Zapote Road.

The pair later yielded 11 other packs which contained 10 sticks each. Each pack was being sold at P2,500.

According to Arteche, the brand is popular in Brazil and is being sold in the Philippines through online buying sites.

Based on the complaints they received from those who had tried it, the cigarettes gave users a calm, relaxing feeling or made their head feel heavy, he added.

An online website advertised the brand as a popular sleeping tobacco in Brazil made from maraja fruit seeds “which gives a maximum relaxing experience.”

It added that the cigarette was “mostly used as an alternative whenever individuals have a hard time sleeping.”

“The cigarettes are now being examined by the bureau’s chemist to determine its contents,” Arteche said as he added that the cigarette brand was not in the NBI’s list of prohibited substances.

“We will recommend its inclusion in the list based on the result of the chemist’s examination,” Arteche said.

Jay, a fourth year tourism student who was tagged by the younger DLSU students as their supplier, told the Inquirer that his buyers were mostly students.

“It’s commonly used by students as a downer and for those who want to just sit down and relax,” he said.

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  • totoy batobalani

    kung wala sa list ng prohibited drugs, ano ang kaso? di ba human rights violation yun? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    ang daming nagbebenta sa sulit, bakit tatlo lang ang hinuli?  nbi talaga oo…

  • regie

    article 5 rpc…whenever the court has knowledge of an act which should be punished but is not, the court should render the proper decision (release the suspect) and shall report to the chief executive thru the Sec of justice what induce it to believe that the act should be the subject of a penal legislation….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TOXHGNYMNIUB5QVWCBTVQ7XOOU Jack

    Ang labo naman nito. Hinuli wala naman kaso kasi wala sa list ng prohibited drugs. Paano iinquest ito?  Ganito ba ka-ogag ang mga law enforcement officers natin? BAkit hindi muna pinasuri at ipinalagay sa list ng prohibited drugs bago hinuli?  Kung lang nakaka-relax e bawal na? duuuhhhhh Ang bobo ng mga NBI

  • donsupremo

    this sounds so bizarre I should think the parents of this kids should press charges against the Cops who arrested them… they should be investigated for attempted extortion… the parents of these kids need a sharp trial or criminal lawyer… this is clearly an attempt by the authorities to extort. there is no Brazilian plant in the list of prohibited material thus there is no basis to arrest or detain or for that matter inquest these students. this is a dummkopf article.

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