LA TRINIDAD, Benguet February 02 – Eight drug personalities were arrested while some P8.7 million worth of marijuana were destroyed during the conduct of a week-long aggressive anti-drug operations by combined police operatives and anti-narcotics agents in the different parts of the Cordillera.
The series of operations conducted by PROCOR cops and PDEA-CAR resulted in the arrest of eight drug personalities. Six in Benguet, one in Baguio City and one in Abra while 9 marijuana plantation sites were eradicated in Benguet and one in Kalinga.
In Benguet, arrested personalities were Leah Uri Ampelio, 40; Benedicto Bayodang Atngag, 35; Leo Cabacungan Arcenas, 33; Khristian Maddang Geston, 30; Arvie Raymundo Vibar, 28; and Novie Tongaan Samonte, 23.
In Baguio, drug personality Monray Garcia Nidoy, 22 was arrested while in Abra, Jack Daniel Cruz Caliboso, 22 was apprehended.
The separate buy-bust operations conducted resulted in the seizure of a total of 7.8969 grams of suspected shabu with Standard Drug Price amounting to P 53,698.92 and the confiscation of a total of 0.02 grams of dried marijuana leaves with an SDP of P 2,400.00.
All arrested suspects will be facing charges for violation of RA9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Meanwhile, the marijuana eradication conducted in Benguet led to the destruction of a total of 24,000 fully grown marijuana plants (FGMJP) in parts of Bakun, Buguias, and Kibungan including the discovery of 4 kilograms of dried marijuana leaves amounting to P 5,300,000.00 in total.
In Kalinga, operatives destroyed a total of 17,000 pieces of FGMJP worth Php 3,400,000.00 in Tinglayan.
All uprooted and discovered fully grown marijuana plants and dried marijuana leaves were burned on site.