February 26, 2024

Five individuals including one minor were arrested over various drug offenses as well as the seizure of P4.4 million worth marijuana in the Cordillera recently.
Personnel of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera arrested Jose San Juan Raymundo Jr., 20 years old and Kian Ty Cortez, 22, both residents of Quezon City.
The duo were on their way to Tabuk City, Kalinga when they were arrested in a checkpoint at Bulanao, Tabuk City on Jan. 13 through a tipster who reported to the authorities that the two were carrying the illegal drug.
The police report stated the suspects tried to evade arrests made by personnel of the Police Intelligence Branch/Drug Enforcement Unit, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Kalinga, Regional Intelligence Division, PRO-Cor Intelligence Unit, Tabuk City Police Station and First Kalinga Police Mobile Force Company, however they were waylaid and arrested.
Arresting officers confiscated nine transparent plastic in tubular form containing dried marijuana leaves and 28 bricks of dried marijuana leaves weighing 37 kilos with an estimated amount of P4,440,000. These were all placed inside three separate traveling bags.
Meanwhile, a 16-year-old student residing at Urbano St., Baguio City was taken into custody after he was seen in possession of a cellophane containing marijuana leaves and stalks on the night of Jan. 13 at Interior Labsan St., Baguio City.
In two separate buy-bust operations, two individuals were arrested after they sold suspected shabu to operatives who posed as poseur buyer.
Police caught Jan Jason Frondoso Galigo, in the evening of Jan. 13 at Km. 3, La Trinidad, Benguet while Eimreg Jimenez was apprehended in the afternoon of Jan. 14 on Gibraltar Road, Pacdal, Baguio City. 
Galigo was arrested along with one plastic sachet containing suspected shabu  worth P26,520; P1,000 cash; P19,000 boodle money and one cellphone.
Jimenez, meanwhile, was arrested along with P1,500 buy-bust money, two sachets of suspected shabu and a cellphone.
Pro-Cor Director, B/Gen. Israel Ephraim Dickson, said police and anti-narcotics operatives will be continuing their programs on the campaign against illegal drugs aiming to clear the various barangays of the Cordillera of drugs.  
“We need the continuous, active and strong cooperation of our community to rid our region from illegal drugs by reporting all entities involved in illegal activities,” Dickson said. – Ofelia C. Empian