A MINER was arrested in an anti-illegal drugs operation in Benguet while abandoned marijuana bricks were recovered by Baguio City police over the week.
Joint operatives of Itogon Municipal Police Station (MPS), Benguet Provincial Intelligence Division (PID), Drug Enforcement Unit and the Maneuvering Force Company arrested Romeo Atiwag Dulagan, Jr., 33, miner and a resident of Virac, Itogon, Benguet after selling one plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu to the authorities who acted as buyers during a drug bust operation near the suspect’s residence Friday afternoon.
Aside from the suspected shabu weighing 0.1978 grams, the P1,000 drug bust money and a cellular phone were also confiscated from the suspect who is a former drug surrenderer during the height of “Oplan Tokhang” in 2016.
Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana, Police Regional Office (PRO)–Cordillera regional director said the police is continuously monitoring all the drug surrenderers in order to know if they are still involved in illegal drug activities.
Dulagan is now under the custody of Itogon police and facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 known as the Comprehenssive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.
Meanwhile, seven bricks of marijuana was found in a sinkhole at Tabora Park, Lower Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City Tuesday night.
An abandoned backpack was noticed by patrolling personnel of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Police Station 2 and upon checking the item, discovered seven bricks of suspected dried marijuana bricks wrapped in a newspaper and plastic, aside from assorted clothing.
The marijuana bricks weighing approximately one kilogram each were brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) for examination.
Nana lauded all the illegal drugs operatives of PROCOR for successful operations in the entire region for the past few weeks.
“We continuously appeals to the community to help the police in identifying drug personalities despite the strengthened information gathering of our police the police.” Nana said.