P600T marijuana stalks uprooted in Balamban during police raid-A A +A
Saturday, October 27, 2012
POLICE uprooted P600,000 worth of marijuana stalks in the uplands of Balamban, Cebu on Thursday.
Senior Supt. Patrocinio Comendador, head of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), said
this is their biggest haul since he assumed office.
“If this will be sold, the price could go double,” he said.
Operatives of CPPO's Provincial Public Safety Battalion led by SPO3 Leo Tuling started uprooting the 3,000 marijuana plants at 4 p.m. last Thursday. They were done at past 8 a.m. yesterday.
An informant tipped police of the plants in the area.
No one was arrested and police are still looking for those who allegedly cultivated the plants.
The plants were sowed in an elevated area where they are concealed by trees.
Comendador, during a press briefing, admitted there is still on-going trade of marijuana in the Province, as the illegal drug is still in-demand.
“To eradicate this problem, we must continue to be vigilant and hold joint efforts together with the local government units and stakeholders,” he said.
Last August, during a ceremony, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and the provincial police director burned about P1-million worth of marijuana stalks.
Last month, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7 led the burning of seized marijuana plants at Camp Ceferino Jenobia Regional Special Training Unit in Sibonga town.
Operatives from the Regional Public Safety Battalion 7 burned some P2.7-million worth of marijuana stalks uprooted from a mountain barangay in the town of Badian.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 27, 2012.