January 31, 2023

A drug personality was killed and 13 others were arrested, while P14 million worth of marijuana was destroyed in various sites in Benguet, last week, the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PROCor) said.
PRO-Cor Information Officer Capt. Marnie Abellanida said marijuana plants worth P14,854,000 were destroyed in various eradication operations in Benguet from April 10 to 16.
Benguet is one of the provinces in the region where high-grade marijuana plants are known to thrive.
The haul included 8,510 fully grown marijuana plants; 6,800 pieces marijuana seedlings; and 107,000 pieces dried marijuana leaves and stalks.
Meanwhile, 13 drug personalities, including a 17-year-old male from Benguet, were also arrested during the same period.
They were charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The Baguio City Police Office recorded the highest number of arrests with seven, the Benguet Provincial Police Office with five, and the Abra PPO with one arrested suspect.
One suspect was also killed in a shootout with police officers in Mankayan, Benguet. The police did not disclose the suspect’s identity. – PNA