TWO high-value targets (HVT) and 13 drug suspects were arrested by the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-COR) during the conduct of drug busts.
PRO-COR director Police Brigadier General R’win Pagkalinawan identified the arrested HVT as Jariel Dayawen, 26 who was apprehended in Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet in the morning of May 21, and another HVT listed in the PDEA list identified as Jeffrey Damian, 35 who was caught in Lower Kitma, Bakakeng Central, Baguio City on the same date.
Their arrest yielded in the confiscation and recovery of five sachets of suspected shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), P1,000 cash money, P7,000 in cash used as buy-bust money, and one cellular phone.
Four drug pushers were also caught earlier in the morning of May 25, with the drug suspects identified as Aldrin Inutan Racho, Michael Manalo Galano and Oliver Buenavista Signey who were apprehended in Purok Mangga, Loakan Proper, Baguio, City, while Steve Laurent Noble Serafin was apprehended on Ongasan Road, Loakan Proper, Baguio, City.
Confiscated and recovered evidence from the suspects were eight sachets of suspected shabu, buybust money and a cellular phone.
Other suspects apprehended were Jefferson Garcia, 24; and Julius Estrada, 23, arrested in Km. 6, Betag, La Trinidad, Benguet on May 21, while Jefferson Sta Ana Lim, Jerry Sta Ana Lim, Jan Mikhail Yumang Dela Cruz and Charles Hizon Valente were arrested at Ferguson Road, Guisad Central, Baguio City on May 20.
Confiscated evidences from the suspects were eight plastic sachets containing suspected shabu; one zip lock transparent plastic sachet containing suspected dried marijuana leaves with fruiting; P1,000 cash money and P6,000 cash used as drug bust money, four cellphones and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Meanwhile, Hyner Cornel Leung, 33, an OFW and a resident of Apugan, Irisan, Baguio City was arrested after he was caught in possession of assorted drug paraphernalia along Pacdal Circle, Baguio on the same day.
Investigation revealed that Leung was on board a taxi which tried to pass by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Quarantine Check Point when he was accosted and failed to show any pertinent documents, aside from being caught in possession of two tooters, one test tube, four parts of broken tooter and one weighing scale that caused his arrest.
Except for Leung, the arrest was a result of extensive monitoring and intelligence reports conducted by the police.
All accused are now under police custody and charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were filed against them in court.
PRO-COR is in the process of gathering information from the suspects that may lead to the arrest of their drug sources.