OPERATIVES from the Cordillera police swooped down on four separate clandestine marijuana farms and destroyed 67,320 fully grown cannabis plants in the province of Kalinga on Friday.
CIting reports from the PNP Cordillera Regional Director, Police Brigadier General Ronald Lee, the Illegal crops had an estimated street value of Php13,464,000, according to PNP Chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar.
Eleazar disclosed that the discovery of said plantation, with a total land area 6,900 sqm, stemmed from a report given by the intelligence officers of Regional Intelligence Division Police Regional Office Cordillera (RID PROCOR) and Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU) Kalinga about the presence of the marijuana plantation in the mountainous area of Brgy. Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga.
Clearing operations were then conducted by joint elements of Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit (RPDEU), RID, Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) PROCOR (lead unit) with RA Kalinga, PIU/Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) Kalinga, Tinglayan Municipal Police Station (MPS),152nd and 153rd Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) 15 and 2nd Coimpany Kalinga Police Mobile Force Company (PMFC) on May 28, 2021 at Brgy. Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga that led to the eventual destruction of the marijuana plants.
“We are aware that some parts of Cordillera are naturally-conducive environment for marijuana plants to grow that is why we are warning those who engage in this prohibited trade that we will intensify our police operations to thwart your illegal activities,” he said.
“We know how resourceful these marijuana growers have been, but the PNP and PDEA are relentless in our pursuit under the Internal Cleanliness Policy as our share on the government’s aspiration of a drug/crime-free country,” he said.