December 8, 2022

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Authorities here are on the lookout for a male driver who eluded arrest after abandoning his vehicle carrying P37 million worth of marijuana.

Police Provincial Director Col. Davy Limmong said suspect Sabado Guimba left his black sports utility vehicle with license plate NBZ 7232 during a chase last April 18. Inside the vehicle are eight sacks containing bricks of marijuana.

The operation stemmed from a text message from an anonymous citizen who informed the police that the vehicle will pass through Tinglayan en route to this city.

Operatives set up a checkpoint at Barangay Lacnog to intercept the vehicle.

Limmong said the vehicle driven by Guimba made a left turn towards the irrigation area after recognizing authorities at the checkpoint, prompting the police to chase the vehicle.

Onsite inventory yielded 311 bricks of dried marijuana leaves weighing 311 kilos with an estimate value of P37.32M.

Limmong commended the police and operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for their teamwork.

“The seizure of the hundreds of marijuana bricks prevented the destruction of lives of those who could have been buyers of the illegal drugs,” he said.

Limmong cautioned people who are planning to transport marijuana that “we have eyes and ears in the community.”

“You cannot evade us so you might as well stop your illegal activities,” he added. – Jesse Maguiya