With the successful series of anti-illegal drug operations conducted by the Police Regional Office Cordillera, a total of PhP 38,831,265.00 worth of illegal drugs were seized, and 11 drug personalities were arrested from March 11 to 17, 2024.

Citing reports submitted to the Regional Director, PBGEN David K. Peredo Jr., the 11 suspects were arrested after being caught in possession of a total of 30.12 grams of shabu with a Standard Drug Price (SDP) of PhP204,816.00.

Of the arrested individuals, five (5) were identified as high-value drug personalities, while six (6) were identified as street-level individuals. Notably, Benguet recorded the highest number of arrests, with four (4) individuals apprehended, followed by Baguio City and Kalinga Province with three (3) arrests each, and one (1) arrest in Abra Province.

The seized illegal drugs and the arrested suspects have been turned over to the respective arresting units for documentation and proper disposition, while charges for violations of Republic Act 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, are being prepared against them.

Moreover, other police drug operations resulted in the discovery of 109,170 Fully Grown Marijuana Plants, 937 leaves and fruiting tops, and 139,000 stalks, with an overall SDP of PhP 38,626,440.00. Following the seizure, all seized illegal drugs were burned while operatives were conducting follow-up operations to locate other marijuana plantation sites and cultivators.

PRO Cordillera reaffirms its commitment to combating the illegal drug trade through continuous barangay visitations and public awareness campaigns, reinforcing the Philippine National Police’s unwavering dedication to a drug-free community.#