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Cordillera cops, PDEA agents strike with P16 M haul of drugs

GREEN GOLD IN BAUKO. Police Regional Office – Cordillera and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives confiscated P14 million worth of marijuana and hashish from a Tadian man who was on the act of transporting said drugs in his Toyota Tamaraw FX when he was flagged down. Combined efforts of the two law enforcement agents netted more than P16 million in separate operations in three provinces of the region. PDEA – Cordillera photo

Police and drug operatives confiscated a total of P16 million of marijuana, hashish and shabu in three separate occasions in three Cordillera provinces within two days recently.

Last Friday, February 19, operatives of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated P12 million worth of drugs in Bauko, Mountain Province.

The operation led to the arrest of Rexton Bangang of Tadian, Mountain Province whose Toyota Tamaraw FX was flagged by the operatives and where 99 kilos of marijuana and 60 milliliter of hashish oil were confiscated.

PRO-Cor director PBGen. R’win Pagkalinawan lauded his men and the PDEA agents for the arrest and vowed that Cordillera police will relentlessly pursue drug dealers in the region.

PFEA – Cordillera regional director Gil Cesario Castro, meanwhile, thanked the PRO-Cor in the Arrest of the drug personality and confiscation of the drugs.

In La Trinidad, Benguet, police and PDEA agents nabbed two female target personalities in a buy bust operation at Longlong, Puguis here.

The agents nabbed Cecilia Bulatao and Marites Alao, both customer service officers and residents of Baguio for peddling 1.5 grams of shabu to police acting as poseur buyer. Bulatao is said to be notorious and subject of reports as “untouchable” and “name-dropper”.

Last Saturday, February 20 in Tabuk City, the PDEA – Kalinga and Philippine National :Police – Kalinga were able to foil the attempt to smuggle P4 million worth of marijuana in the National Road in Lucob of said city.

It was an accident actually, when suspect Kennedy Bocad Adaoal crashed his motorcycle loaded with marijuana bricks at the border control checkpoint. The suspect, however, immediately fled when he jumped into a ravine leading to the Chico River upon sensing that he would be questioned by the authorities manning the checkpoint.

“Our border control points in the Cordillera is primarily for the pandemic, but it also serve well to thwart crimes and drug smuggling, so we are taking advantage of it for safer Cordillera,” said Castro, said in a PDEA CAR release.

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