Home Bulacan Local News P1.1M worth of marijuana seized in Balagtas, 5 collared in buy-bust ops

P1.1M worth of marijuana seized in Balagtas, 5 collared in buy-bust ops

Bulacan police director P/col. Chito G. Bersaluna (left) and P/Major Restituto Granil, Balagtas chief of police question the two suspects about the P1.1 million worth of marijuana seized during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. San Juan on Saturday morning July 13, 2019. (Photo by Manny Balbin)

BALAGTAS, Bulacan — Two drug suspects landed in jail while P1.1 million worth of marijuana was confiscated in a buy-bust operation in Balagtas on Saturday.

Drug suspects Paolo Licud alias Pao and Mark John Paul Bateni during interrogation after the anti-illegal drug raid conducted by Balagtas police on Saturday morning. The two suspects were both students. (Photo by Manny Balbin)

P/Col. Chito G. Bersaluna, Bulacan police director identified the suspects as Paolo Licud alias Pao, 21 years old, resident of Brgy San Juan, Balagtas, and Mark John Paul Bateni alias JP, 18 years old, resident of Brgy Tabe, Guiguinto, Bulacan. The two suspects were both students.

Members of the Balagtas police under P/Maj. Restituto Granil conducted the buy-bust operation in Barangay San Juan of the said town about 12:10 in the morning.

“Seized from the suspect were five pieces sealed marijuana bricks with an estimated weight of 5.5 kilos worth 1.1 M and one-piece cut opened marijuana bricks,” Bersaluna said.

The suspects are now detained at the Balagtas police station while charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being readied.

Meanwhile, separate buy-bust operations were conducted by the operatives of San Rafael, Marilao and San Ildefonso that resulted to the arrest of three suspects identified as John Ruel Ian Garingo, 30 years old; Albert Corpuz Evangelista, 38; and Virgilio Ponce, 52.

A total of eight plastic sachets of shabu and buy-bust money were confiscated from the suspects during the operation.

Appropriate criminal complaints against the arrested drug suspects are now being prepared for filing court.

Bulacan Police is continuously and relentlessly implementing its intensified campaign against illegal drugs otherwise known as “Project Double Barrel Reloaded”, as directed by the Chief PNP and the Regional Director of PNP Region 3 P/Brig. Gen. Joel Napoleon Coronel. (RONDA Balita Online News)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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