6 suspects arrested, 3.8M marijuana destroyed in PNP anti drug operations

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CAMP MAJOR BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad Benguet: Cops of the Police Regional Office Cordillera arrested six suspected drug violators and confiscated and destroyed over 3.8 million worth of marijuana plants and seeds in Cordillera over the past days.

In a recent checkpoint operation, two suspected marijuana carriers identified as Rufino Tenedero Marmito Jr., 20, tricycle driver, and Ernie Manapao Leongson, 24, call center agent and both residents of Brgy. Tabe Guiguinto, Bulacan were arrested in a checkpoint in Sitio Ficoco, Samoki, Bontoc, Mt. Province Sunday afternoon on January 19, 2020.

Suspects were aboard a Coda Lines bus bound for Cubao, Manila during the arrest. Personnel of Bontoc police and PDEA Mt. Province confiscated 7 marijuana bricks and 5 tubular fruiting tops with a total weight of 8,200 grams worth P984,000.00, and assorted personal belongings from them.

In separate buy-bust operations, two suspects were nabbed last Friday after selling sachets of shabu to operatives who posed as buyers on January 17, 2020.

Suspected female drug dealer recognized as Nicole Anne B. Cabarlo was arrested at East Quirino Hill, Baguio while another suspected drug trader Ryan T. Tictica, 30, and a resident of Lamut Beckel, La Trinidad, Benguet was held at Kayang-Hilltop, Baguio City. Confiscated from Cabarlo were three (3) sachets of suspected shabu, buy-bust money and a cellular phone while three (3) sachets of suspected shabu, and buy-bust money was also taken from Tictica.

In another operation, police arrested suspects Edward O. Calayon and Betty K. Yubos, his live-in partner, Friday afternoon of January 17, 2020 in Sitio Moling, Palina, Kibungan, Benguet. Kibungan cops were conducting patrol and validation of marijuana plantation sites when Calayon, who was then holding marijuana stalks was sighted standing in front of a house together with his live-in partner who tried to escape, however she was trapped and both were arrested. 14,850 grams of marijuana stalks and 500 grams of seeds worth Php1,802,000.00 of illegal drugs were confiscated from them.

Meanwhile, over one million worth of marijuana plants were uprooted and destroyed in the municipalities of Bakun and Kibungan of Benguet province during marijuana eradication operations on January 16, 2020.

Nine plantation sites were discovered by the operatives of Benguet Police Provincial Office together with the members of the PDEA – CAR with a total land area of 1,215 square meters. The troops uprooted a total of 5,015 fully grown marijuana plants with a dangerous Drug Board value of Php1,017,000.00.

The successful operations are result of full cooperation of the public to support the PNPs campaign against illegal drugs. “We assure the public that the PNP continue to perform its mandate within the bounds of the law and we will strive to put a stop on this menace, we will destroy all plantation and infrastructure of drugs and neutralize the people behind it including those drug peddlers in the streets.” PBGEN Israel Ephraim T Dickson said.