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3 marijuana dealers get life

Artemio Dumlao - The Philippine Star
3 marijuana dealers get life
Kheil Gio Baniqued, Manuel Jose Balbuena and Kasmir Vince Gile were also ordered to pay P500,000 each by Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Lilybeth Sindayen-Libiran.
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BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — Three persons arrested in this city for transporting marijuana have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Kheil Gio Baniqued, Manuel Jose Balbuena and Kasmir Vince Gile were also ordered to pay P500,000 each by Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Lilybeth Sindayen-Libiran.

The three were arrested at a checkpoint on Dec. 6, 2020 after agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Baguio police received a tip that a black vehicle carrying 10 kilos of marijuana from La Trinidad, Benguet was bound for this city.

Police said the driver of the vehicle evaded a checkpoint near La Trinidad. The three were eventually cornered at the boundary of La Trinidad and Baguio.

Marijuana leaves weighing more than six kilos were recovered from two backpacks found in the vehicle.

The court said the three were found guilty of violating Section 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act or the sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution or transportation of any illegal drug.

The three were also found guilty of drug use and ordered to undergo rehabilitation and treatment for six to 18 months.

Meanwhile, in Albay, police said Erigen Villanueva and Mark Dave Lonsame were arrested for possession of shabu worth P3.74 million in Legazpi yesterday.

In Koronadal City, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency- Soccsksargen director Naravy Duquiatan said shabu valued at P374,000 was recovered from John Louis Lipura in a sting in Barangay Sta. Cruz. – Emmanuel Tupas, John Unson

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