By Glen S. Ramos
KALINGA, Mountain Province – Members of the Cordillera Police burned down around eight (8) million pesos worth of marijuana plants during a simultaneous two-day raid in five (5) clandestine cannabis farms here last February 25-26, 2021.
The operation was in line with the PNP’s “summer offensive” against the cultivation of the prohibited plants.
Under the Philippine laws, cannabis in the form of plants, products and their derivatives are still a dangerous drug as defined under Republic Act No. 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and it is illegal to plant and cultivate it.
The police raid on the five plantation sites, with a total land area 2,550 square meters, stemmed from a buy-bust operation conducted by joint elements of Special Operations Unit 2, PNPDEG (lead unit) with PDEA Isabela, Isabela PIU, SAF Kalinga, and 2nd Coy KPMFC on February 18, 2021, resulted in the arrest of two persons.
According to Kalinga police, the suspects divulged the information regarding the illegal cultivation of Marijuana in the mountainous area of Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga, that led to the clearing operations and destruction of marijuana plants in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
A total of 21,600 fully-grown marijuana plants were destroyed in-site in the clandestine farms, including some 30 kilograms of dried marijuana stalks and one kilogram of marijuana seeds, all estimated to be worth P7,945,000.00 based on standard drug price used by the Dangerous Drugs Board in estimated street value of confiscated drugs. (AI/MTVN)