Cops seize P2.4M marijuana, rescue minor drug courier

City of San Fernando, Pampanga — Some P2.4 million worth of marijuana stalks and dried leaves has been confiscated from two drug suspects and a male minor courier on Wednesday in a  buy-bust at Poblacion, Tuba town.

In a report to PDEA Director General Wilkins M Villanueva, PDEA-3 Regional Director Bryan  Babang identified the suspects as Laista Pedro, 20, of Kibungan, Benguet; Jimmer Bedkingan,27,  of Atok, Benguet; and a minor suspect who was turned over to the local Social Welfare Development Officer.

The drug sting  conducted by operatives of the PDEA Nueva Ecija Provincial Office, PDEA Benguet, PDEA Baguio City and the Tuba police station seized 20 tubular pieces form wrapped with packaging tape containing dried marijuana stalks and leaves weighing at least 20 kilos valued at  P2,400,000, the marked money,  four cellular phones and one Tamaraw FX.

Babang said the entrapment was launched based on information from a tipster that the suspects were engaged in the bulk distribution of marijuana in Nueva Ecija and nearby towns of Tarlac.

The suspects will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. 

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