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CAMP MAJOR BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – As part of the persistent efforts in eradicating illegal drugs in Cordillera, PROCOR’s pre-Christmas illegal drugs operations resulted to the arrest of one suspected drug personality and destruction of more than 600k worth marijuana in Benguet.
In Kibungan, marijuana plants worth Php 630,000.00 were discovered in the sitios of Balbalnag, Tebteb and Yong-awan all in Barangay Badeo. Operatives were able to uproot 2,500 fully grown marijuana plants with an estimated Standard Drug Price (SDP) of Php 500,000.00 planted in more or less 500 square meters land area and 3,250 marijuana seedlings with an estimated SDP of Php 130,00.00 planted in more or less 650 square meters land area.
Operating personnel burned the uprooted marijuana plants on site while samples were brought for evidence tagging and inventory.
In La Trinidad, a buy bust operation in Barangay Pico led to the arrest of Eduardo Dela Cruz Sotelo, 27, married, truck helper, native of Balagao, Tuao, Cagayan. The suspect sold one (1) sachet of suspected shabu weighing MOL 0.76 gram with SDP of Php 5,168.00 to the police operatives who acted as poseur-buyer.
In a statement, the Regional Director of PROCOR, PBGEN R’WIN S PAGKALINAWAN said that PROCOR will not stop in its marijuana eradication program. The almost daily operation has targeted not only the fully grown marijuana plants but also the seedlings. Narcotics Detection Dogs (NDD) were also being randomly deployed in various border checkpoints in the Cordilleras to deter the transport of the illegal drugs in the region. (PROCOR PIO)