7.8 Million worth of Marijuana intercepted in a checkpoint in Tabuk City, Kalinga

7.8 Million worth of Marijuana intercepted in a checkpoint in Tabuk City, Kalinga

CAMP MAJOR BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet โ€“ (April 26, 2021) – Elements of PROCOR intercepted a shipment of 7.8 million pesos worth of marijuana in a checkpoint operation conducted in Tabuk City, Kalinga, in the evening of April 25, 2021. 

Citing the reports sent to PBGEN RONALD O LEE, operatives received an information from a confidential informant regarding an individual in a motorcycle transporting suspected marijuana from Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga. In response, operatives plotted an anti-illegal drug operation through checkpoint along National Road at Calanan, Tabuk City, Kalinga.

While conducting checkpoint, operatives spotted a motorcycle that matches the description given by the informant and as it approaches the designated checkpoint, the motorcycle suspiciously turned back to evade it. This prompted the operatives to pursue the motorcycle until it stopped along the road at Purok 3, Brgy Bado Dangwa, Tabuk City, Kalinga.

With the aid of a responding Narcotic Drug Dog of Kalinga PPO PECU, the box loaded in the back of the motorcycle was searched that led to the discovery of 65 pieces of dried marijuana bricks weighing 65 kg with a Standard Drug Price (SDP) of Php 7,800,000.00.

PCOL DAVY VICENTE LIMMONG, Provincial Director of Kalinga PPO, identified the arrested suspect as Michael Macad Assudo, 35, farmer and a resident of Tinglayan, Kalinga.

Along with his arrest were the seized 65 pieces of dried marijuana bricks. The operatives also confiscated one (1) unit black cellular keypad phone, one (1) unit Honda XRM125 motorcycle with no plate number and a pair of keys.

The inventory and markings of all evidence seized were done onsite in the presence of the representative of Tabuk City Prosecution Office, elected barangay officials and a media representative. 

Assudo and confiscated items were brought to Tabuk City Police Station for proper documentation before going to Kalinga Crime Laboratory Office for examination. The suspect is facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA 9165). (PROCOR RPIO)