Marijuana courier arrested in Benguet

POLICE arrested a person who was transporting marijuana worth P240,000 in Benguet on Thursday, August 22.

Joint forces of Atok Municipal Police Station and Drug Enforcement Unit of Benguet Provincial Police Office apprehended Jonathan Bista Esteron, 25, a resident of Tarlac.

Authorities confiscated from Esteron three tubular dried marijuana leaves weighing two kilograms. The drug was found inside a black backpack.

Investigation revealed the suspect was onboard a passenger van from Abatan Buguias, Benguet en route to Baguio City when he was arrested in a checkpoint in Atok.

The suspect is now under the custody of Atok Municipal Police Station and violation of Section 5 of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him.

Meanwhile, authorities eradicated 320 pieces of fully grown marijuana plants on August 23 in Bangaw, Kayapa, Bakun, Benguet.

An estimated P64,000 illegal weeds where uprooted and burned on site. The marijuana was planted in a 150-square-meter lot.

Anti-narcotics agent are also scouring other areas for other plantations.


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