Issue of August 5, 2018
Mt. Province

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Cops arrest 84 suspects, seize P13.6M worth illegal drugs
by BMC release

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Police arrested 84 suspects and confiscated 31 assorted firearms and P13.6 million worth of illegal drugs recently.

C/Supt. Rolando Nana, Police Regional Office-Cordillera director, said the string of police operations was meant to sustain the relentless drive to address all forms of criminality in the region.

PRO-Cordillera reported that 31 assorted high and low powered firearms, 82 pieces of assorted ammunition for various calibers, five pieces of assorted magazines, and two grenades were seized that also led to the arrest of nine individuals.

Sixty-four wanted persons were arrested by virtue of warrants, five were arrested upon implementation of search warrants, while the 15 others were arrested during routine police operations.

Seven of the arrested suspects are top most wanted persons (TMWP) in the provincial and municipal for the third quarter of 2018.

PRO-Cor named the TMWPs as Erick Pae-eng of Tadian, Mountain Province, who is wanted for rape; Ershton Francisco, who is wanted for two counts of violation of the law against women and their children, while Baguio’s  No. 8 TMWP, Royce Ortiz Mesina, was nabbed at Barangay San Roque, San Isidro Nueva Ecija, for rape.

The Baguio City Police Office also arrested three of its TMWPs who are wanted for estafa, illegal drug trade, and frustrated and attempted homicide.

Another suspect, Jeson Ekin Acol, who is listed as No. 1 TMWP in Buguias, Benguet was arrested at Pila, Alibangsay, Bagulin, La Union for violation of the anti-child abuse law.

Together with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Baguio, composite police teams arrested a 42-year-old male suspect, who is wanted for qualified theft and for 10 counts of falsification of commercial documents. The arrested suspect is the No. 6 TMWP of BCPO Station 6 for the third quarter.

On the operations against illegal drugs, eight suspects were arrested, while marijuana products and other illegal drugs with an estimated value of P13M were likewise confiscated.

The seized illegal drugs include 11 marijuana bricks with market value of P256,250; marijuana stalks, and 18 sachets of suspected shabu. Bulk of illegal drugs haul consisted of 54,200 fully grown marijuana plants, and 20,000 grams of marijuana stalks which were destroyed at Barangay Butbut Proper, Busculan, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

Three persons were also arrested in Baguio for illegal gambling while seven pieces of abandoned lumber in different sizes were confiscated at Barangay Saliok, Natonin, Mountain Province.

Of the 84 arrested suspects, BCPO contributed 28; Kalinga, 15; Benguet, 12; Ifugao, 11; Abra, nine; Apayao, six; and Mountain Province, three.

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