Cordillera police destroy P3.6-M marijuana plants

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Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet: The Cordillera police destroyed an estimated P3.6-million worth of marijuana plants in Barangay Tacadanga, Kibungan, Benguet and seized P10,000 worth of illegally cut lumbers in Bokod and Tocucantowns in Mount Province.

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The operation netted 16,500 fully grown marijuana plants in Sitios Silong and Guinawang, which were uprooted from 20 sites while members of the Kibungan, Benguet MPS were able to recover 15 kilos of dried marijuana leaves worth about P3,675,000.

Samples of the dried marijuana leaves and plants were kept as evidence and investigation is still ongoing to identify the cultivator.

“I am appealing to the public to immediately report to the nearest police station all illegal-logging activities and the presence of marijuana plantation in their respective areas so that the law enforcers can immediately arrest those involved and not merely confiscate the lumbers and destroying marijuana plants,” said Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez, regional director of Police Regional Office-Cordillera.

In 2013, almost P530-million worth of marijuana plants, dried leaves and seeds were destroyed/confiscated and 72 cases were filed in court.

Nerez said Bokod Municipal Police Station reported that it confiscated 30 pieces of illegally sawn pine lumber with a total volume of 240 board feet worth P7,000 at Sitio Salidet, Pito, Bokod, Benguet.

In another police operation, this time at Mount Mar-og, Tocucan, Bontoc, Mount Province, the authorities and Tocucan Barangay officials confiscated 14 pieces of assorted pine lumber with a total volume of 122 board feet with a market value of P3,050.

Police brought all the confiscated lumber to the respective police stations for proper documentation and safekeeping.

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