Three suspected marijuana cultivators will now be facing charges for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 after they were caught in the act of uprooting and collecting marijuana plants in the mountains of Kalinga in the afternoon of February 27, 2022.
Police reports identified the arrested suspects as Peter Bagtang, 22 years old; and Langao Bagtang, 70 years old; and a 17-year-old minor.
Joint operatives of Kalinga PPO, Regional Intelligence Division of PROCOR, RMFB15, PDEA-CAR, and Philippine Army while implementing OPLAN Herodotus 2 in Mt. Bitullayungan, Brgy. Butbut Proper, Tinglayan, Kalinga, chanced upon the armed suspects uprooting and gathering marijuana plants.
The three suspects tried to escape but were caught after a short chase.
The operatives seized more or less 5,000 pieces of fully grown marijuana plants in an estimated land area of 500 square meters ; one cal.22 with 12 live ammunition; one cal. 9mm with 21 live ammunition and two magazines and one 12 gauge ARMSCOR shotgun with four live ammunition.