Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:00
BONTOC, Mountain Province: Government authorities seized more than P2-million worth of dried marijuana bricks through a checkpoint operation at the boundary of Bontoc town and Ifugao province.
Joint forces led by Insp. Benjamin Bandas, head of the Provincial Public Safety Company and Insp. Richard Soliven and agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nabbed two sacks containing 40 bricks of dried marijuana from a van going to Bontoc town.
According to reports, the team got hold of the contrabands through a checkpoint operation—which they immediately set up upon learning of a possible delivery of illegal drugs inside the Bontoc town.
The team arrested the driver—Dave Henry Afidchao Daweg, 32, a resident of Bontoc Ili, Bontoc, Mountain Province and two passengers who were identified as Resty Gongran Ganise and Wilfredo Tamocho Lag-ao, 24 and 26 years old respectively, both single and natives of Saclit, Sadanga.
The men were brought to the Mountain Province Police Provincial Office Compound for further investigation.
During investigation, the van revealed 40 bricks of Marijuana weighing about 39,400 grams (87 lbs) with a market value of more or less P2.167 million ($47,300 USD).
Said contraband will be turned over to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory for further examination while a violation of Republic Act 9165 was filed against the suspects.
A manhunt operation is still being conducted by the police authorities to arrest the fourth suspect who had evaded the arrest.