NBI arrested 2 individuals for illegal sale of agarwood

MANILA (AdChoiceTV News) — In line with the relentless campaign of the government against environmental crimes, operatives of National Bureau of Investigation-Environmental Crime Division (NBI-EnCD) arrested two individuals in Quezon City on June 15, 2021 for illegal sale of Agarwood, an endangered forest product.

NBI Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Director Eric B. Distor identified the Subjects as NATHANIEL y NEPOMUNCENO and MARK GIL ESPINO y VILLARIN.

Distor said Subjects were arrested in an entrapment operation which stemmed from an information received by the NBI-EnCD regarding a group of individuals who are engaged in the selling and possession of an endangered forest product known as Agarwood.

Several months after, an informant revealed that a certain “Jerry” was in possession of Agarwood and was selling the same for Php 150,000.00 per kilo.

NBI-EnCD operatives then conducted verification through meeting and transacting with “Jerry” and his two companions. A certain “Mark”, one of Jerry’s companions made a final arrangement to sell 17 kilograms of Agarwood for Php 115,000.00 or a total of Php 1,955,000.00 to the poseur-buyer on June 15, 2021.

Therefore, on the aforesaid date, NBI-EnCD operatives, together with the personnel from Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (DENR-ELEPS) and DENR-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) conducted the entrapment operation resulting in the arrest of MARK GIL ESPINO and NATHANIEL AVELINO who were caught in the act of selling and in possession of Agarwood without permit to possess and transport the same.

Seized from the possession of Subjects were 17.75 kgs of Agarwood, weighing scale, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Mitsubishi Adventure with plate number DCP 3396.

On June 16, 2021, Subjects were presented for inquest proceedings befor the Office of City Prosecutor of Quezon City for violation of Section 77 of PD 705 otherwise known as the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines as amended, and Section 27(e) and (f) of RA 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

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Article is an official statement of the NBI for the recent arrest of illegal agarwood sellers — via AdChoiceTV News (Manila)

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