PROCOR arrests four drug dealers in Baguio, Benguet


CAMP DANGWA, Benguet -– The fight against illegal drug continues as four suspects fell on the hands of the law enforcers on Tuesday.

Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) Regional Director Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis Sarona on Wednesday said three suspects were successively arrested by combined operatives of PROCOR and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) at Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet in the evening of June 27.

Suspects Edwin Salvador Ganado, 39 and Rommel Paculanan Olog, 38, were arrested at their residence in Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet after they sold a sachet of illegal drugs to a poseur buyer.

Seized from their possession were two heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected “shabu”, Php2,900 cash and the buy-bust money, drug paraphernalia and two cellphones.

A third suspect, Reynan Tan Chavez, 27, resident of Bayabas, Pico, La Trinidad, was arrested in a follow-up operation in the same place when he was about to deliver illegal drugs to Ganado who was already arrested. Seized from him were three heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected “shabu”, Php1,000 cash money and a cellular phone.

Earlier, on June 25, Jessiemel Butad Montemayor also known as “Ashley”, 24, resident at Block 3 East Quirino Hill, Baguio City was nabbed on the road in East Quirino Hill.

Sarona said the suspect sold a sachet of illegal drugs to a law enforcer who posed as a buyer. Seized from the fourth suspect was a sachet containing suspected “shabu” and the Php500 buy bust money.

The four suspects were charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Sarona said there will be no let-up in eradicating both the use and trading of illegal drugs in the region. He also said that there will be a more aggressive and active anti-hard drugs war specifically on the conduct of operations against illegal drug personalities and drug syndicates. LTA/