MARIJUANA plants valued at P5 million were uprooted by combined elements of the Kalinga police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Cordillera Administrative Region.
Authorities cleared five marijuana plantation sites in Tinglayan, Kalinga on Tuesday, June 19.
Operatives of Tinglayan Municipal Police Station, Kalinga Provincial Mobile Force Company in coordination with the PDEA-CAR, conducted the marijuana eradication operations in Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga leading to the discovery of the illegal hemp planted in an estimated land area of 2,550 square meters.
A total of 19,450 pieces of fully grown marijuana plant and 5 kilograms of marijuana stalks with a total estimated market value of P5.14 million were destroyed as a result of the operation.
Some of the marijuana plants were destroyed during a ceremonial burning led by Police Chief Superintendent Rolando Z Nana, regional director of the PRO-Cordillera.
Nana lauded the local government units and the community for their support, which proved to be instrumental in efforts to eliminate all forms of illegal drugs in the region.
The regional director assured the public that all law enforcers, and anti-narcotics operatives, in coordination with the municipal and barangay Officials, will intensify activities to clear all barangays of illegal drugs.