Smuggled Mineral Deposits Confiscated By Cops in Nueva Vizcaya

The latest reports confirm that on Thursday, the police authorities have seized mineral deposits that have been taken from the gold rush area situated in the barangay Didipio in the town of Kasibu.

The Provincial Government had earlier issued orders to stop the smuggling of the deposits from barangay Didipio, as it was deemed in Kasibu town to be a profitable business by the villagers and buyers. Further, the smuggling business has gained popularity since the extracted gold is known to have the best characteristics in the international market.

Confirming the incident and the confiscation of the deposits, Police Chief Inspector Maciste Serrano, Kasibu Chief of Police said, "They were attempting to smuggle the mineral deposits from the gold rush area despite our presence and strict prohibition of its illegal transport”.

He added that as many as 60 sacks of mineral deposits, which are locally known as ‘Luyot’ were grabbed at a checkpoint. The local checkpoint was under the supervision of local environment enforcers and policemen.

Further, the van in which the ‘Luyot’ was seized was Isuzu Elf and the number on the plate was RJW 823. The vehicle is believed to be owned by Tomas Batalao of barangay Didipio in Kasibu town.