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Security troops destroy P12.9 marijuana in Sulu

June 10, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 228 views

GOVERNMENT troops this week overrun a clandestine marijuana plantation site in Kalingalan Caluang municipality in Sulu where they uprooted and burned an estimated P12.9 million worth of fully-grown cannabis, Philippine National Police chief, General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. said on Saturday.

Members of the Kalingalan Caluang Municipal Police Station, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the 74th Special Action Company of the PNP Special Action Force, the Sulu Police Provincial Office, the Bangsamoro Administrative Region Police Regional Office and the Armed Forces were involved in the massive marijuana eradication operation, the top cop said.

He said that the secret marijuana cultivation site was discovered in Sitio Tubig Baba in Barangay Pitogo last Tuesday. Officers also identified one Maddi Khan as the main cultivator of the cannabis site.

The suspect and his cohorts are already being hunted by security forces.

Gen. Acorda said that fully-grown marijuana plants and seedlings valued at P12.9 million were uprooted at the site before being doused with petrol and burned by the troops.

Some samples were taken for evidentiary purpose.

“The successful execution of this operation marks a significant step forward in the ongoing efforts to combat the illegal drug trade in the region. It also highlights the unwavering commitment of the PNP, PDEA, and AFP in ensuring the safety and well-being of our communities,” Gen. Acorda said.

According to the PNP chief, by eliminating a major marijuana production site, they have disrupted the illicit drug supply chain and struck a blow against criminal activities that fuel social instability and harm our society.

“The PNP, PDEA, and AFP remain steadfast in their commitment to intensify the fight against illegal drugs and dismantle criminal networks in the region. Collaborative efforts and continued intelligence sharing among these agencies are crucial in eradicating drug production, distribution, and abuse. This is how we give Serbisyong Nagkakaisa to the people,” he said.

Gen. Acorda likewise thanked residents of Kalingalan Caluang, Sulu for their support and cooperation throughout the anti-marijuana operation.

He said that the success of the operation is also a testament to the power of joint operations and underscores the resolve of the law enforcement community to create a safer and drug-free society.

Charges for cultivation of prohibited drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the identified marijuana cultivators, Gen. Acorda said.