La Trinidad, Benguet: Government anti-drug operatives foiled a supposed P781- million marijuana deal by torching fully-grown marijuana plants, dried leaves, stalks and seedlings in Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga. Uprooted were 3,505,000 fully grown marijuana plants. Destroyed were 303,000 grams of powdered dried marijuana leaves, 15,000 grams of marijuana stalks and 10,000 grams of marijuana seeds on eight marijuana plantation sites totaling 62,500 square meters. Earlier, huge marijuana plantations were also raided on Mount Chumanchil, also in Loccong. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera said marijuana was grown at plantations in Benguet.
THOM F. PICAÑA