TWO suspected drug traffickers in Bukidnon province were arrested by security troops manning a Quarantine Control Point in Kalilangan municipality while in the act of transporting over P1 million worth of shabu on Thursday, Police Regional Office 10 director, Brigadier General Rolando B. Anduyan reported yesterday.
Suspects Ana Ampatua, a 47-year old businesswoman and cooperative cashier Banyamin Mandoc,32, both residents of Purok 2, Central Poblacion in Kalilangan are now facing non-bailable charges for possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, said the official.
Anduyan said members of the Kalilangan Municipal Police Station led by Master Sergeant Delailah Bantilan, the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 10 and the Army’s Special Forces arrested the two in Sitio Ticob, Barangay Patomolon at 9 a.m. Thursday while on board a tricycle.
It turned out that the two acted suspiciously while being questioned by officers manning the quarantine checkpoint to control the spread of COVID-19 virus in the area prompting the lawmen to inspect their belongings.
The inspection resulted in the recovery of five plastic sachets containing around 150 grams of suspected shabu worth P1,020,000. The two’s tricycle with temporary plate number 1101-0734336 was impounded by the local police headed by Captain Patrick dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz said they discovered that Ampatua is included in the drug watch list of the Philippine National Police Directorate for Intelligence.