Miriam P. Aquino
SAN FERNANDO CITY – Authorities seized P500,000-worth of high quality dried marijuana during a buy-bust operation along the national road in barangay Mameltac, Diversion Road this city last week.
Bismarck Bengwayan, of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, said the suspect identified as Moises Cortez, 31 and a native of Sitio Lib-Libo, Kayapa, Bakun, Benguet, was arrested during the buy-bust.
Bengwayan said the suspect tried to evade arrest but was later captured by joint operatives from PDEA, the Police Regional Office 1 Regional Intelligence Division and the San Fernando City Police.
The suspect told the police he was merely ordered to deliver the drugs in exchange for a fee.
“The mere fact that he knew the contraband he was carrying and the money involved makes him responsible,” PDEA Regional Director Adrian G. Alvarino said.
Cortez was detained at the San Fernando City Jail and faces charges of violating the Dangerous Drugs law. (MCA/MPA/PIA1 La Union)