By Zaldy Comanda
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Fourteen people, including a 17-year-old, were arrested at a police checkpoint on the Bontoc-Kalinga Road in Bontoc, Mountain Province after a stash of dried marijuana leaves were found in their vehicle Sunday.
Brig. Gen. Israel Dickson, Cordillera police chief, said, said the group, all residents of Tarlac City, had come from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, the village of legendary tattoo artist Apo Wang-od, where they had themselves tattooed.
They denied ownership of the marijuana, which has an estimated street value of P364,560.
Arrested were Robert Bautista Sosa, 19; Julius Maynete Carbao, 22; David Kim Tacusalme Ocampo, 23; Miguil Lorente Irieman, 24; Ralph Cabral Basilio, 24; John Paul Avana Calimlim, 24; Jomar Lee Sicat Maynete, 24; Michael Buan Reyes, 26; John David Ibale Tapar, 31; Benjamin Ibale Tapar, 24; Clarisa Bautista, 23; Audie Ramos Galany, 49; Princess Ibale Galany, 37,; and the 17-year-old.
Investigators said the group had been under surveillance since last week after the police received a tip that they were in possession of marijuana.