Military seizes 72 marijuana bricks in Kalinga
by Peter A. Balocnit
TABUK, Kalinga (23 October) -- For the second time this month, military personnel belonging to the 21st Infantry Battalion, 501st Brigade seized 72 bricks of dried marijuana valued at P1.8 million at the checkpoint at Bantay, this municipality around 9:30 night of October 17.
According to LtCol Francis Lardizabal, Commanding Officer of the 21stIB, the soldiers were doing their regular inspection on passing vehicles when they chanced upon said contraband loaded on a white pickup with plate number AAC674. The vehicle came from the direction of Tinglayan going towards Tabuk.
Investigating Police Officer SPO3 Fermin Bocad said the vehicle was stopped by the military and found inside the car marijuana bricks contained in five bags. He said 19 bricks were inside a black traveling bag, 15 in a blue bag, 7 in a carton, 7 in a white sack; and 22 bricks inside a multi-colored sack.
The confiscated illegal drug was immediately turned-over by the Army to the Philippine National Police-Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for proper inventory and safe keeping.
The suspects - Robert Tokiadao, driver, Ersilias Baccas, Lincoln Bugawit and CAFGU member Willie Pullis were temporarily confined at the Kalinga Police Provincial Office while a case against them is being lodged in court.
Bocad said violation of RA9165, which is a non-bailable offense, will be filed against the suspects as soon as supporting documents are submitted by arresting officers. It is very clear from evidences that the suspects violated the law and a strong case against them could be filed, he said.
Lardizabal said CAFGU Pullis will be automatically removed from the service if found guilty of violating the dangerous drugs act as he called on all civilian auxiliary groups not to engage in illegal activities. Any CAFGU found participating, coddling or supporting illegal trades will be dealt with accordingly including dismissal from service if warranted, he warns. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]