December 1, 2023

Four individuals were arrested in Baguio City and a total of P154,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized from them in separate operations during the holidays.

The Police Regional Office-Cordillera reported three drug personalities were arrested in Km. 73 in Amgaleyguey, Buguias, Benguet during a buy-bust operation on Nov. 2.

The suspects were identified as Marvin Baresto Cudlas, listed as a high-value individual; Rodel Martin Andres; and Randy Rebas Manganip, who were both listed as street level individuals by PRO-Cor.

Cudlas was arrested after he sold one sachet of shabu weighing five grams with a standard drug price of P34,000 to an agent who acted as a buyer. 

During the arrest, operatives also recovered another sachet of shabu weighing five grams from Cudlas’ possession.

Meanwhile, two sachets of shabu weighing two grams valued at P13,600 were recovered from suspects Andres and Manganip.

Joint operatives of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, Buguias Municipal Police Station, PNP Drug Enforcement Group Special Operating Unit-14, Regional Intelligence Unit 14, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15, and Baguio City Police Office conducted the arrest.

On Oct. 30, the Baguio City Police Office arrested a 24-year-old male suspect during a buy-bust after he sold 1.90 grams of shabu valued at P12,920 to a police poseur buyer in San Carlos Heights, Baguio City.

The suspect, whose name was not revealed by the BCPO, is listed as a high-value individual.

Also seized from him were five sachets of shabu weighing 8.8 grams with a total value of P59,840 and a 3.2-gram sachet of marijuana leaves worth P384.

All four arrested suspects will be facing violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002, while the confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to the respective police stations for documentation and proper disposition.

According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, a high-value targeted drug personality if they are involved in illegal drug activities and falls under the following list and classification: priority targets; priority drug groups; government officials, either elected, government employee or law enforcers; foreign nationals; members of African drug syndicates; target-listed personalities; wanted listed personalities; celebrities and other well-known personalities; and members of armed groups. – Ofelia C. Empian