P10.9 Million Worth of Marijuana Plants Destroyed in Kalinga


In a significant crackdown on illegal drugs, authorities in Tinglayan, Kalinga, uprooted and destroyed up to 54,500 marijuana plants worth P10.9 million on Sunday. The extensive operation was conducted by agents from the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) and other police units.

Here are some details from the report of The Philippine Star.

Details of the Operation

The raid targeted a 5,250-square-meter marijuana plantation in Barangay Ngibat. PDEG director Brig. Eleazar Matta stated that authorities meticulously planned and executed the operation, which spanned eight hours from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Despite successfully raiding the location, authorities made no arrests.

The fight against illegal drugs also saw success in Zamboanga del Sur. Police conducted a sting operation in Labangan town, resulting in the seizure of shabu with an estimated street value of P170,000. Additionally, authorities confiscated the substance from Mark Angelo Baranggan, apprehending him in Barangay Old Labangan around 11:35 p.m.

Impact and Implications

These coordinated efforts highlight the ongoing commitment of law enforcement agencies to combat the illegal drug trade across the Philippines. The destruction of such a large quantity of marijuana plants in Kalinga is a significant blow to the local drug production network.

In Zamboanga del Sur, the successful seizure of shabu and the arrest of a suspect further underscore the effectiveness of targeted operations in curbing the distribution of illegal substances. These actions not only disrupt supply chains but also serve as a deterrent to those involved in drug-related activities.

Authorities continue to intensify their efforts, with plans for more raids and operations aimed at eradicating illegal drug plantations and apprehending those responsible for cultivating and distributing these substances. The collaboration between various police units and the PDEG is crucial in maintaining momentum in the fight against drugs.

Furthermore, the recent operations in Kalinga and Zamboanga del Sur are testament to the dedication and effectiveness of Philippine law enforcement agencies. By uprooting and destroying millions of pesos worth of marijuana plants and seizing shabu, they are taking significant steps towards a drug-free Philippines.

Read Also: Authorities Uncover Second Marijuana Plantation in Pangasinan


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