PNP: P12.9M worth of marijuana destroyed after Sulu plantation raid

Government anti-narcotics agents destroyed almost P13 million worth of marijuana in a raid in a 15,000 squate meter plantation in Kalingalan Caluang town in Sulu, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday, June 8.

PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda, Jr. said fully-grown marijuana plants were immediately uprooted when elite and local police forces, initiated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and backed by the local military forces, raided the area in Sitio Tubig Baba, Brgy. Pitogo, Kalingalan Caluang, Sulu on June 6.

He said the uprooted and burned marijuana plants have an estimated value of P12.9 million, adding that reports indicated that a certain Maddi Khan was behind its operation.

Acorda said samples of the uprooted plants were turned over to the Sulu Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for further examination.

“Collaborative efforts and continued intelligence sharing among these agencies are crucial in eradicating drug production, distribution, and abuse,” said Acorda. 

“By eliminating a major marijuana production site, we have disrupted the illicit drug supply chain and struck a blow against criminal activities that fuel social instability and harm our society,” he added.