A SUSPECTED big-time drug personality, including two others, was busted in a drug raid, while almost P.5 million worth of shabu were seized in a separate continuous anti-illegal drug operation in Baguio City on Monday, November 23, 2020.
Joshua Stephen Aluyon Alsisto alias Pidot was arrested in Barangay Imelda, Baguio City together with his companion named "Denise."
Alsisto is listed as a high-value individual by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency–Cordillera Administrative Region and the Police Regional Office–Cordillera (PRO–COR).
Before their arrest, a concerned citizen reported to authorities that an alleged pot session was ongoing in the area.
The combined forces of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Station 5 and Station 10, PDEA-Baguio, and other Philippine National Police (PNP) support unit responded to the incident, which led to their arrest.
Confiscated from the suspects were one caliber .45; one magazine with 10 pieces of ammunition, one box containing 40 pieces of ammunition, 65 grams of suspected shabu with a standard drug price (SDP) of P442,000 and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Another newly identified drug personality named Rodolfo Flores Resurrection from Bauang La Union and a resident of Irisan, Baguio City was also apprehended in a buy-bust at Teachers Village, Santo Thomas Proper on November 24.
Recovered from the suspect were four sachets of suspected shabu worth P6,800.
Personnel of Stations 8 and 10, City Intelligence Unit, PDEA Baguio, PDEA-LTIU, and other PNP support units conducted the operation.
In Benguet, P712,000 worth of fully grown marijuana plants were destroyed by PRO–COR in Bakun, Benguet following a two-day marijuana eradication operation in five plantation sites with a total land area of 1,320 square meters.
Although no cultivators were found, operatives are currently conducting further investigation to identify the owners, who may face appropriate charges in court.