THE police in Cebu have intensified their monitoring of mountain villages where marijuana plantations possibly exists, a high-ranking official said.
Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Senior Superintendent Manuel Javier Abrugena said they need to eradicate marijuana to cut the supplies in the cities and other towns and prevent the youth from using it.
On Wednesday, June 13, six senior high school students were caught smoking weed (marijuana leaves) at the back of Cebu City Sports Complex.
Abrugena said he had instructed his police station chiefs to form teams to monitor wayward students of private and public schools in the province.
The police officers, he said, will be contacted by teachers if they encounter problems with their students.
Authorities have uprooted more than P10 million worth of marijuana in three months. Last June 8, CPPO personnel uprooted 5,200 fully grown marijuana plants worth P2 million in Barangay Bayong, Balamban.
In Barangay Tagbao, Cebu City, anti-narcotics operatives eradicated 22,532 marijuana plants worth P9 million last April.
Cultivating marijuana is a violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (KAL/SunStar Cebu)