BAGUIO CITY — Police arrested three men for transporting an estimated P840,000 worth of marijuana through a checkpoint between Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet Sunday night.

Working on a tip, the Baguio City police and members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency intercepted a speeding black sports utility vehicle, where 7 green tubes concealing flowering marijuana stalks were discovered, said Col. Allan Rae Co, Baguio police chief.

The driver of the vehicle ignored police officers when it was flagged down at the border, he said.

The vehicle’s occupants,, Kasmir Vince Gile, 28 and Keihl Gio Baniqued, 22, both from Baguio City and Manuel Balbuena II, 22, from Bulacan, were ordered to open the tubes when they were apprehended.


Investigators have yet to determine and disclose the source and destination of the contraband as of posting time.