Baguio: P2.3-M Worth Of Marijuana Intercepted In Benguet


Kibungan cops conducting routine police checkpoint intercepted ₱ 2,340,000.00 worth of marijuana and arrested one suspect in Brgy. Poblacion, Kibungan, Benguet on October 22, 2021.

Police identified the arrested suspect as Moses Bogatti Pad-ay, 36.

The other suspect a certain Dante Acdang, still at large.

According to Kibungan MPS, they were conducting regular police checkpoint operation when a red Tamaraw FX wagon approached the checkpoint area, sensing the presence of Police operatives, the driver, Dante Acdang, immediately disembarked from the vehicle and ran away leaving his lone passenger, Moses Bogatti Pad-ay, behind.

Members of the checkpoint team chased  Acdang while the others proceeded to check on the vehicle. Upon inspection, they noticed at the back portion of the vehicle a bulky cellophane partially wrapped with yellow sack containing suspected marijuana stalk. This prompted them to hold suspect Pad-ay and immediately alert and coordinate with PDEA and RECU-COR K9 for the confirmation of possible illegal drugs inside the vehicle.

Markings and inventory of the pieces of evidence seized were conducted on-site in the presence of the suspect and witnessed by Prosecutor Mark C Maranes, Barangay Kagawad Darwin Dagdag, and PDEA-CAR representative.

The confiscated marijuana leaves were brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office for laboratory examination.

Kibungan MPS will charge the arrested suspect for violation of RA 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

(Photo courtesy of PROCOR-PIO)

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