By Ria Fernandez
A grade 11 student visiting a friend in jail ended up behind bars on Wednesday after police seized marijuana from him.
Police discovered a folded paper with dried leaves of marijuana inside the pouch of Justine Ramos, 18, while the latter was entering the Sampaloc Police Station in Manila before noon Wednesday.
Although he admitted that he last used marijuana a month ago, Ramos defended himself by saying that the illegal drug found in his possession belonged to another friend. He added that he did not plan to smuggle it inside the jail as he initially did not know that they were going there.
It was learned that Ramos is a student of Arellano University, the same school where three senior high school students namely Rico Narag, Oliver Dusano, and Elmar Diosaban were also arrested for trying to bring marijuana inside the campus last Feb. 4, 7, and 18, respectively.
All four were charged with violating Section 11, Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Sampaloc Police Station spokesperson Senior Insp. Philipp Ines, meanwhile, expressed alarm over the series of drug cases involving the students of Arellano University.
So aside from investigating the source of marijuana, Ines said that they also plan to conduct an anti-drug workshop at the school.
“We are currently in talks with the school’s administration to allow us to conduct our Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE program, which aims to educate students about the bad effects of drugs and how they can resist them,” he said.