MANILA, Philippines – Some 43,000 fully grown marijuana plants and 400 grams of Cannabis products, estimated to worth P8.6 million have been destroyed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
In a statement on Friday, police said the marijuana plants and Cannabis products were destroyed by joint elements from the PNP and PDEA units in a three-day eradication operation at four plantation sites in Barangay Ngibat, Tinglayan, Kalinga this week.
Police said that at the first site with an estimated land area of 500 square meters, around 5,000 marijuana plants worth P1 million were uprooted, and 400 grams of dried marijuana leaves worth P48,000 were destroyed.
At the second plantation site with an estimated land area of 1,000 square meters, the PNP said that around 10,000 marijuana plants worth P2 million were destroyed.
Around 8,000 marijuana plants worth P1.6 million were also uprooted in the third plantation site with a land area of 800 square meters.
At the fourth site, with 2,000 square meter land area, authorities took out 20,000 marijuana plants estimated to worth P4 million.
The operation culminated at around 4:00 p.m. of April 14, the PNP said.
according to PNP chief General Debold Sinas, appropriate charges will be filed against those who cultivate marijuana plants.
“We will continue with the marijuana eradication operations nationwide with the aim of totally ending the illegal cultivation and sale of this plant,” he said.
“Likewise, appropriate court charges await against identified weed cultivators,” he added.