Police uncover eight weed farms; P20-million worth of marijuana burned

Published February 12, 2021, 11:14 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

Regional authorities have uncovered eight marijuana farms and arrested two drug personalities during a five-day anti-illegal drug operations from February 6-11 in Benguet.

(photo from Benguet PPO)

Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) Information Officer Capt. Marnie Abellanida said a total of 99,620 fully grown marijuana plants worth P20.1 million were destroyed in eight marijuana plantation sites in the towns of Bakun and Kibungan.

Just last month, operatives uprooted nearly P20-million worth of marijuana plants in those same towns.

In Kibungan, 62,170 fully grown marijuana plants, 125 kilos of marijuana seedlings, and 30 kilos of dried marijuana stalks, estimated to be worth P16.039 million, were eradicated by the Benguet Provincial Police Office (PPO).

Then in a separate operation in Bakun town, operatives of the Benguet PPO discovered 16,150 fully grown marijuana plants, with an estimated value of P3.23 million, in different sites in Barangay Kayapa. These, too, were uprooted and burned.

Meantime, operatives of La Trinidad Municipal Police Station (MPS) arrested Gerbel Kim Caga, said to be a High Value Individual, in a buy-bust operation in Pico, La Trinidad.

Caga was nabbed after he sold two pieces of plastic sachets containing suspected shabu weighing more or less 0.22g worth P1,496.00 to one of the operatives who acted as a poseur-buyer.

In Buguias police arrested Charlie Tabao-ican Timpac in Brgy. Abatan after he sold a piece heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu weighing more or less 0.12 g with a Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of P816.00 to the police operative who acted as poseur-buyer.