P5.08-M marijuana destroyed in Kalinga

Published April 12, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Freddie G. Lazaro

Laoag City, Ilocos Norte — Joint anti-narcotics agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Cordillera and the Kalinga Police conducted a marijuana eradication drive last Tuesday in Tinglayan, Kalinga that led to the destruction of over P5 million worth of marijuana plants.

Lawyer Joseph Frederick Calulut, PDEA-Cordillera spokesman, said authorities burned 23,500 fully-grown marijuana plants worth P4,700,000 in Barangay Buscalan, where seven cultivation sites covering a total 2,720 square meters were discovered.

The government troops also torched 1,550 fully-grown marijuana plants and 1,800 marijuana seedlings that were uprooted from four plantation sites covering 607 square meters in Barangay Bugnay.

The Dangerous Drugs Board valued the total amount of the destroyed illegal hemp at P5,082,000.

The anti-illegal drug operation came days after law enforcers burned P17,000,000 worth of marijuana in the same municipality.