Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet – Police arrested four drug suspects including a minor during a buy bust operation conducted by the Police and Drug Enforcement Units, while over Nine Hundred Thousand worth of marijuana plants were uprooted and burned onsite during a one day marijuana eradication.

Joint operatives of La Trinidad police and members of the Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Dave Arquero Bugarin A.K.A. Bangkay, 37, vegetable porter, in his residence at Betag, La Trinidad, Benguet while Jayson Nazareno Salvador A.K.A.  Boy, 23, vegetable retailer and listed as Street Level Individual, was collared in his residence at Palmaville, Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet. Both were separately arrested in the afternoon of January 24, 2020.

One (1) heat-sealed sachet of suspected shabu one (1) touchscreen Huawei and Php1,000.00 buy-bust money were recovered and seized from Bugarin’s possession, while four (4) sachets of suspected shabu, Php1,000 cash money, Php1,000.00 boodle money, and one (1) Cherry Mobile touch screen cellular phone were seized and confiscated from Salvador.

In a progress report, both Bugarin and Salvador were denied the benefit to post their bail for violation of Section 5 or trading of illegal drugs. However, for other provision violated, Bugarin has a recommended bailbond of Php 120,000.00 while Salvador has a recommended bailbond of Php 2,000.00.

Other suspects named Junjun Battung Vital, 18, self -employed and a 17 year old minor student, both residents of San Ramon, Mallig, Isabela were also apprehended at Buyucan, Nambaran, Tabuk City, Kalinga in the afternoon of January 25, 2020. Seized from their possessions were one (1) plastic sachet containing suspected shabu, sando bag containing suspected dried marijuana leaves and stalks, and Honda RS 150 motorcycle, without plate number.

Moreover, a total of Php956,200.00 worth of marijuana plants was eradicated in Barangay Tacadang, Kibungan, Benguet on January 24, 2020.

Joint personnel of Kibungan MPS, PIB, PDEU and PDEA-CAR discovered three marijuana plantation sites at SO Dalipey and SO Culiang, Tacadang, Kibungan, Benguet with a land area of 1,020 square meters cultivated with an aggregate of 4,905 pieces of fully grown marijuana plants. (PROCOR RPIO)