OVER P2.9 million worth of marijuana plants were destroyed during a three-day operation of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO–COR) in Kalinga.
Three plantation sites of marijuana with a total land area of 1,950 square meters were discovered by the combined operatives of Kalinga Police Provincial Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Cordillera and members of the 1503RD Maneuver Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 based in Sitio Talaca, Agbannawag, Tabuk City.
A total of 14,600 fully grown marijuana plants were uprooted and burned onsite. The plants had a total Dangerous Drug Board value of P2.92 million.
Police Brigadier General Israel Ephraim Dickson, PRO–COR regional director, commended the different units and added the regional police is undertaking other measures to stop marijuana cultivation and drug trade in the region.
Dickson said the continuous search for marijuana cultivation sites and destruction of the plants within the region by the operatives of PRO-Cordillera will discourage the planters from re-planting and serve as a warning to all other cultivators because the PNP will not cease in its relentless campaign to rid Cordillera of the dreaded drug menace.
The Oplan Buscong Ridge was steered by the combined operatives during the three-day operations from June 11 to 13 which aims to clear all drug-affected barangays in Tinglayan, Kalinga.
Last month, P5.7 million worth of marijuana were destroyed and burned in Barangay Butbut Proper, Tinglayan, Kalinga during the implementation of Oplan Green Pearl Bravo.