May 30, 2023

A vegetable packer was caught in a recent buy-bust while in the act of selling 0.15 grams of shabu worth over P1,000 in Betag, La Trinidad, Benguet. 
The suspect was identified as Janrry Sorinio, 26, who hails from Dumaguete but is residing at Sitio Longlong, Puguis.
Sorinio was cornered in a sting operation conducted by the Drug Enforcement unit of La Trinidad Municipal Police Station, Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and the Regional Intelligence Division of Police Regional Office-Cordillera.
The suspect is listed as a street level individual drug personality by the PNP and Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority-Cordillera.  Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive of Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspect.
Meanwhile, 11 other drug personalities were also arrested by the PRO-Cor personnelin a weeklong anti-illegal drugs operation from Nov. 27 to Dec. 3.
In Baguio, arrested were Tommy Ladiocan, Mark Edrick Rafer, Audrey Josh Monsalud, Michael George Ventenilla, and Ephraim Yango.
In Kalinga, the arrested drug personalities were Albert Dugwawi, Christian Gragasin, Richard Arugay, and Eugene Mandilag.
Further, Jerbin Velasco was arrested in Benguet while Jhim Bala-oy was arrested in Ifugao.
The weeklong anti-illegal drugs operation resulted in the seizure of a total of 2.37 grams of shabu and 48 grams of marijuana leaves and fruiting tops with an estimated value of P5,776, 236. 
All arrested suspects are now facing charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
In a separate anti-illegal drug operation, seven marijuana plantation sites were discovered in the municipality of Bakun and Kibungan in Benguet.
Kibungan Municipal Police Station, Bakun MPS, and Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit discovered 200 pieces of fully-grown marijuana plants and 1,650 marijuana seedlings worth over P2 million.
All discovered marijuana plants were uprooted and burned on-site by the operatives while investigations are ongoing to identify possible cultivators. – Ofelia C. Empian