P17-M marijuana, P340-K shabu seized

BAGUIO. Law enforcement units uprooted marijuana plants worth P17.14 million in five plantation sites at Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga on October 16 to 18. All illegal drugs were destroyed on-site. (Photo courtesy of PDEA-Cordillera)

CLOSE to P18 million worth of marijuana and P340,000 worth of shabu were confiscated in separate operations by anti-narcotics agents in the Cordillera region.

On Friday, October 18, three suspects were arrested in Poliwes by combined operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency–Cordillera (PDEA–CAR), Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), and Regional Intelligence Unit-Cordillera (RIU-14) for selling 50 grams of shabu worth P340,000.

The suspects were identified as Charlie Mutuc of Baguio City, and Michael Evangelista and Dronie Masdo of Taguig City.

Authorities said they have been monitoring the three for their illegal activities.

On the same day, a suspected drug courier was arrested in Ifugao after trying to transport seven bricks of dried marijuana leaves worth P875,000 during a checkpoint along Poblacion West.

The suspect was identified as Marvie Allen De Guzman.

According to police, De Guzman boarded a bus from Bontoc, Mountain Province via Banaue, Ifugao bound to Cubao when he was intercepted by operatives in possession of the contraband that led to his arrest.

The joint operation was conducted by PDEA-Ifugao, PDEA–Mountain Province, PDEA-Nueva Vizcaya, Lamut Municipal Police Station, and Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit of Ifugao Provincial Police Office (PPO), and Mountain Province PPO.

Previously from October 16 to 18, law enforcement units uprooted marijuana plants worth P17,140,000 in five plantations at Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

The eradication was implemented under PDEA-CAR Oplan: "LINIS BARANGAY XVII" through joint efforts of PDEA–Kalinga and Apayao, PDEA RO1, PDEA RO2, PDEA 4B Marinduque, Tinglayan MPS, 1st and 2nd company of the Kalinga Provincial Force Mobile Company, Kalinga Provincial Police Office (PPO) Drug Enforcement Unit, and Provincial Intelligence Unit.

Aside from the 22,700 pieces of fully grown marijuana plants, some 105,000 grams of dried marijuana stalks were also found and destroyed on-site.


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