AN abandoned SUV was found to be loaded with more than 20 kilograms of dried marijuana leaves worth nearly P2.5 million when inspected by policemen in Tabuk City in Kalinga province past 2 p.m. Sunday, Cordillera Police Regional Office director, Brigadier General Ronald O. Lee said.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, the official said that members of the Tabuk City Police Station went to the national road in Barangay Bado Dangwa around 2 p.m. Sunday to investigate a reported vehicular accident involving two motor vehicles.
Brig. Gen. Lee said that officers investigating the incident later discovered the dried marijuana bricks inside a white 2009 model Toyota Fortuner with plate no. GAF 08. The SUV was found registered under the name of one Fernando Maccay, a resident of Bgy. Buscalan in Tinglayan, Kalinga.
The SUV was impounded while its marijuana cargo was placed under the safekeeping of the local police for eventual destruction once ordered by the court.
Lee said that charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the driver and passenger of the SUV who abandoned the vehicle after they met the accident.