3 couriers nabbed with P5 million in marijuana bricks in Kalinga

Published August 15, 2020, 2:12 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Three persons were caught while trying to sell to undercover agents marijuana bricks in a buy-bust operation conducted by joints operatives of the Kalinga Provincial Police Office (KPPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Cordillera on Saturday.

The arrested suspects are shown with the 41 kilos of marijuana bricks worth P5 million during the buy-bust operation by personnel of Kalinga Provincial Police Office and PDEA-Cordillera in Tabuk City,Kalinga. (Photo by KPPO/via Zaldy Comanda)
The arrested suspects are shown with the 41 kilos of marijuana bricks worth P5 million during the buy-bust operation by personnel of Kalinga Provincial Police Office and PDEA-Cordillera in Tabuk City,Kalinga. (Photo by KPPO/via Zaldy Comanda)

KPPO Director Colonel Davy Limmong identified the arrested suspects as Mercedes Macaiba, Julius Bagtang and Gilbert Bagtang, all from Tinglayan,Kalinga.

Limmong said the buy-bust operation was held in front of the St. Williams Cathedral in Bulanao Centro, Tabuk City, Kalinga at 12:20 p.m. August 15.

A total of 31 bricks and 10 in tubular form, all sealed with transparent plastic and packed with dried marijuana leaves and stalks with fruiting tops, weighing 41 kilos worth P5 million was confiscated, including the boodle money used as buy bust money, a tricycle and a motorcycle with no plate.

After on-site marking, inventory and photograph, the arrested suspects will be charged for violation of Section 5 and Section 26 of the Republic Act 9165.

 
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