Cordillera police launched simultaneous raids on five clandestine Marijuana farms in Kalinga on Thursday until Friday, ushering the early PNP “summer offensive” against cultivation of the prohibited plants.
“Let me reiterate that police operations against cultivation, production and trafficking of Marijuana will continue without let-up because under Philippine laws, Cannabis in the form of plants, products and its derivatives is still a dangerous drug as defined under Republic Act No. 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas emphasized.
Sinas said 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 joints elements of Special Operations Unit 2, PNPDEG (lead unit) with PDEA Isabela , Isabela PIU, SAF Kalinga and 2nd Coy KPMFC on February 18, 2021 that resulted in the arrest of two persons.
The suspects later on 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 talks and one kilogram of Marijuana seeds, all estimate to be worth P7,945,000.00 based on standard drug price used by the Dangerous Drugs Board in estimating street value of confiscated drugs. PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE