3 get life imprisonment for marijuana trafficking in Benguet
BAGUIO CITY— Three men were sentenced to life imprisonment for transporting 6.47 kilos of dried marijuana in La Trinidad town, Benguet province.
Judge Lilibeth Sindayen-Libiran Branch 61 of the Regional Trial Court of the First Judicial Region in this city handed down the verdict against Kheil Gio Baniqued, Manuel Jose Balbuena and Kasmir Vince Gile on Aug. 3.
In an 18-page decision, Libiran also ordered the trio to pay a fine of P500,000 each.
On Dec. 6, 2020, the three were arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Cordillera and Baguio police at a checkpoint in La Trinidad.
The three were also found guilty of using marijuana and were ordered to undergo rehabilitation.
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