Lubuagan, Kalinga – Two men from Tuao, Cagayan who claimed to have been sent to get vegetables in Tinglayan were caught ferrying more than a hundred packs of suspected marijuana early morning of February 25, 2022, in Barangay Dangoy.
Tinglayan is mostly mountainous with its residence in upland agriculture. In the further areas only reached on foot are hidden plantations of weeds.
Police Lieutenant Davy Alilies of the 2nd Kalinga Provincial Mobile Force Company said that the Kalinga Police Provincial Office led by Police Colonel Peter Tagtag Jr. together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Kalinga waited for a white L300 vehicle at the checkpoint in Dinakan after receiving a tip of an alleged transport of marijuana from Tinglayan.
When the subject car passed through the checkpoint in Sitio Dinakan, it was flagged down by the police, and through the aid of a drug-sniffing canine, the operatives were able to confirm the presence of the illegal drugs.
Recovered items from the police operation include 106 pieces of suspected dried marijuana bricks and 7 pieces of tubular containing the same plants. These items have an estimated value of P13,560,000.
With the discovery of the weed, the two transporters identified as Jeymor Eusebio, 31, and Aldren Paul Pacio, 25, were arrested by the authorities.
The two suspects, however, asserted they were only told to get vegetables in Tinglayan and that they had no idea the 9 boxes which were loaded to the L300 they were driving are contrabands.
The two, along with the confiscated pieces of evidence, were later brought to Lubuagan Municipal Police Station for proper documentation.
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