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P17.4-M marijuana destroyed in Cordillera


CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet: More than P17.4-million worth of marijuana plants were destroyed by combined police operatives and anti-narcotics agents of the Police Regional Office Cordillera during a week-long marijuana eradication operation in different parts of the Cordillera region.

Personnel of the Mountain Province Police destroyed a total of 52,800 fully grown marijuana plants valued at P13.2 million. The plants were discovered in four plantation sites in the boundaries of Tinglayan, Kalinga Province and Barangay Saclit, Sadanga in Mountain Province.

In Kalinga, joint personnel of Tinglayan and Rizal Police, Provincial Intelligence Branch-Drug Enforcement Unit, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency uprooted 19,800 fully-grown marijuana plants with an estimated dangerous drug board (DDB) value of P3.96 million in two plantation sites in Barangay Ngibat, Tinglayan, Kalinga with an approximate land area of 1,800 square meters (sqm).

The Benguet Police also destroyed a total of 1,120 fully grown and dried marijuana plants with a DDB value of P304,000. The plants were cultivated in a 310 sqm land area in the mountainous area of Bangaw, Kayapa, Bakun; Lawlawitan and Banengyawan, both in Palina, Kibungan town.

In Ifugao, police operatives uprooted 102 marijuana plants with a DDB value of P 20,200 at Balunglung, Hucab and Kiangan on August 24. The illegal drugs were cultivated in a land area of more or less 400 sqm.

The owner of the land — a pastor and a former barangay kagawad (village council member) — and the lessee were charged for violating the Republic Act 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.”

Police authorities said continuous information gathering as to other plantation sites is unceasingly initiated especially in the most remote communities of the provinces.

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