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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

3 individuals from Metro Manila caught transporting P4.8M Marijuana

Tabuk City, Kalinga - Three individuals from Metro Manila have been apprehended with suspected marijuana after they were flagged down for traffic violation at a checkpoint established in Barangay Bantay this December 23.

Tabuk City Police Chief, Police Lieutenant Colonel Dinulong Tombali, explained that checkpoints in Kalinga have been intensified this December to prevent traffic accidents and to keep unscrupulous individuals from committing crimes.

He added that they also received information this morning that there is alleged transport of marijuana.

With the checkpoint established in Bantay by different operating teams of PNP Kalinga this Thursday, a Toyota Innova was stopped by the authorities since it has no plate number and that the passengers were not using their seatbelts.

Dinulong further explained that the police saw suspicious items inside the vehicle. This then prompted the operating units to inspect the car to confirm the items inside.

With a drug-sniffing dog, the vehicle was opened and checked where 40 pieces of suspected marijuana bricks were discovered. These contrabands have an estimated value of P4,800,000.

With the discovery of the alleged illegal drugs, the car's occupants were arrested. The suspects were identified as Mark Anthony Comia, 29, driver and native of Novaliches, Quezon City; Edward Dela Cruz, 35, driver, and resident of San Roque, Navotas City; and Yarielle Lacambra, 22, student, and resident of Bahay Turo, Quezon City.

Other items seized include 4 pieces of cellular phones, the Toyota Innova vehicle, assorted medicine, keys, vape and vape bottle, and other documents and IDs.

The arrested suspects were brought to the Tabuk City Police Station.

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