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PNP, PDEA agents destroy over P48M marijuana plants
COMBINED agents of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have destroyed over P48 million worth of fully-grown marijuana plants and seedlings in Cordillera region, reports sent to PNP chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. said n Sunday.
PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) director, Brigadier Gen. Narciso D. Domingo said that on Saturday, members of the DEG Special Operations Unit 2, joined by operatives from the Tinglayan Municipal Police Station, PDEA Kalinga Field Office and the PNP Special Action Battalion’s 141st Special Action Company overrun two big marijuana sites in Barangay Buscalan in Tinglayan municipality.
Uprooted and burned on site were more than 100,000 pieces of fully-grown cannabis plants and seedlings valued at P20.8 million.
A similar operation in Sitio Agay-ay in Bgy. Kayapa in Bakun, Benguet last Tuesday led to the uprooting of more than 2,000 marijuana plants worth around P400,000. All were also torched on site by members of the DEG Cordillera Field Unit, the Cordillera Police Regional Office and the Benguet Police Provincial Office.
“All marijuana plantation sites raided were also sprayed with herbicide to prevent the growth of the banned crops,” Brig. Gen. Domingo said.
Cordillera police director, Brig. Gen. Mafelino A. Bazar also reported that a three-day joint PNP-PDEA operation in Benguet and Kalinga resulted in the uprooting and destruction of over 106,000 fully-grown cannabis plants.
He said that nearly P15 million worth of the banned crops were destroyed in Bgy. Loccong in Tinglayan, Kalinga last Tuesday and Wednesday.
A separate operation in Mount Chumanchil in Bgy. Loccong likewise led to the destruction of some P2 million worth of the illegal crops. On the other hand, some P1 million worth of marijuana were also burned by the lawmen in Sitio Bacbacan in Poblacion, Kibungan, Benguet last Wednesday.
No arrests were made however during those marijuana eradication drives.