PDEA arrests Cordillera’s most wanted drug dealer


Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) finally arrested the most wanted drug personality in the Cordillera Region during the implementation of a warrant of arrest late last week.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. identified the suspect as Zenaida Bangcola, alias Zenai/Madam, 36 years old, a businesswoman and a resident of Sumulong Street, Holy Ghost Proper, Baguio City.

Cacdac said that Bangcola is also ranked seventh in the list of targeted drug personalities in Baguio City for 2013.

At about 5:30 a.m. of February 27, operatives of PDEA Regional Office-Cordillera Administrative Region (PDEARO-CAR) under Director Ronald Allan Ricardo implemented an arrest warrant issued by Antonio Reyes, Presiding Judge of Branch 61 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Baguio City against Bangcola along Sumulong Street.

“Bangcola, together with her male cohort eluded arrest by allegedly lobbing a grenade at the local police during a raid in their house in San Vicente, Baguio City on December 4, 2013. When operatives searched the house, sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu worth P50,000 and several drug paraphernalia were found,” Cacdac said.

In 2010, Bangcola had a prior brush with the law for trying to bribe a PDEARO-CAR agent in exchange for the liberty of her relative who was earlier arrested for peddling and possession of illegal drugs. The case against her was later dismissed.

“Bangcola may have gotten off the hook the last time but the long arm of the law finally caught up with her,” the PDEA chief added.

An appropriate case for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed in court against Bangcola.


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