Over P1.6-million worth of marijuana bricks found in Benguet

Published November 20, 2020, 11:00 AM

by Zaldy Comanda

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Police Regional Office (PRO) Cordillera recovered more than P1.6-million worth of marijuana that was found abandoned in a van headed to Tabuk City early Thursday, November 19.

PRO Cordillera Director Brig. Gen. R’win Pagkalinawan said the Benguet Provincial Police Office (BPPO) recovered an estimated 14 kilos of marijuana bricks in a van being driven by Genaro Larnsis in Adonot, Ambuklao, Bokod, Benguet.

Investigation by the Bokod Municipal Police showed that Larnsis was conducting a routine inspection of the pieces of baggage that were loaded into his van when he noticed a suspicious-looking carton, which did not bear any marking.

This prompted him to look into the box, and discovered the marijuana bricks.

Pagkalinawan has already ordered the setting up of checkpoints in entrance and exit points in the province.

Narcotics detection dogs have also been deployed at the checkpoints.

Meanwhile, the Benguet Provincial Police Office reported the arrest of regional Top 10 drug personality, identified as Joseph De Vera Igama32, a resident of Camp 7, Kennon Road, Baguio City, in Sumbrero, Ambuklao, Bokod in the afternoon of November 18.

The operatives confiscated from him two transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu worth P37,400, P1,000 boodle money, a cellular phone, and cash amounting to P5,000.