P20-M marijuana uprooted in Cordillera, several drug personalities busted

GREEN GOLD. Cordillera police uproot marijuana plants in Benguet. (PRO–COR photo)

A SUSPECTED drug pusher was collared by anti-narcotics agents in Baguio City on Monday, February 15, 2021, while more than P20 million worth of marijuana plants were confiscated in the Cordillera.

Dhel Carganilla Padilla, 34, electrician, was arrested after selling a heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu to anti-drug operatives who acted as poseur buyers.

Confiscated from the suspect were two-heat sealed plastic sachets with an estimated weight of one gram worth P6,800.

Padilla is now facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

From February 6 to 13, over P21.5 million worth of marijuana plants were destroyed in different plantation sites in Benguet and Kalinga.

In Bakun, operatives of the Benguet Provincial Police Office (PPO) uprooted and burned some 91,500 fully grown marijuana plants with a total estimated standard drug price (SDP) of P18,300,000.

In Kibungan, close to 7,070 pieces of fully grown marijuana plants, 1,050 pieces of marijuana seedlings and three kilos of dried marijuana stalks with an estimated SDP of P1,816,000 were burned by the operatives of Benguet PPO.

In Kalinga, operatives of Kalinga PPO also uprooted more or less 7,400 pieces of fully grown marijuana plants with a total estimated SDP of P1,480,000.

Several drug personalities were arrested by operatives of the Baguio City Police Office and other provincial units in a series of anti-illegal drug operations last week.

The suspects were identified as Marloui Almonte Llarena, Jimboy Senal Tanay, Maribel Kinlihan Madiwo, Roger Jordan Anacio Cesista and Mary Grace Aviles Limjap.

In Kalinga, Richard Manuel Arugay, Eric Sangdaan Tubban, and Honey Lee Bagawal Braganza were arrested by the operatives of Kalinga PPO in another series of anti-illegal drug operations.

In Benguet, Charlie Tabao-ican Timpac and Marlon Santonia Pantoja were arrested in separate bust operations by operatives of Benguet PPO. (SunStar Baguio)


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