Issue of June 2, 2019
Mt. Province

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PDEA destroys P5.7M worth of marijuana
by Ofelia C. Empian

BURNED TO ASHES -- Close to P6 million worth of marijuana plants and seeds were burned onsite by composite police and anti-narcotics operatives who conducted anti-illegal drugs operation in Tinglayan, Kalinga recently. -- PRO-Cor photo

A total of P5.7 million worth of marijuana plants were destroyed in Kalinga while six individuals were caught in separate anti-drug operations in the Cordillera.

In barangay Butbut Proper, Tinglayan, Kalinga, operatives of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera discovered 10 plantation sites with an area of 2,931 square meters.

Composite police operatives along with personnel of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency burned onsite the 28,300 fully grown marijuana plants and 1,000 seedlings.

The three-day operation on May 27 to 29, dubbed “Oplan Green Pearl Bravo” was created to incessantly clear all drug-affected barangays in Tinglayan.

PRO-Cordillera Director B/Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson appealed to barangay and municipal anti drug abuse councils in Kalinga to cooperate in addressing the drug problem by doing their respective duties and functions and enhancing their anti-illegal drugs campaign.

“We cannot do this alone, we need the help of other stakeholders to totally eradicated illegal drugs,” Dickson said. 

Meanwhile, three individuals were caught in the act of having a pot session at the old vegetable trading post in barangay Pico, La Trinidad in the night of May 29.

The suspects were identified as Christian P. Beneyat, 22, vegetable trader; Stepfen O. Lorenzo, 22, carrot washer; and Melgar T. Saltin, 26, farmer.

The operatives seized one small plastic sachet with suspected shabu residue, assorted drug paraphernalia, and one Samsung mobile phone.

Also, Chester B. Kiblasen, 29, was arrested Wednesday evening in Barangay Baculongan Sur, Buguias after selling suspected shabu to an agent who posed as a buyer.

Seized from his possession were P2,000 boodle money; P1,000cash, a government-issued ID; and a cellphone.

In Abra and Baguio, suspected drug dealers Ramon Cariño, 38, resident of Barangay Poblacion, Tayum, Abra was nabbed in the morning of May 28 while Angelo Vinluan, 20, and a resident at Upper Session Road, Barangay Engineers Hill, Baguio was caught in the afternoon of the same date.

Cariño was caught with one cigarette pack containing one plastic of suspected sachet of shabu while Vinluan was caught with marijuana leaves wrapped in transparent plastic.

All suspects were charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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