P4.3-M il­le­gal weeds torched in Kalinga

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ABOUT P4.35 mil­lion worth of fully-grown mar­i­juana plants were up­rooted and later burned by au­thor­i­ties dur­ing an anti-il­le­gal drugs op­er­a­tion in Barangay Tul­gao, Tinglayan, Kalinga on Satur­day.

The Na­tional Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI),along with the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) and Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) op­er­a­tives from Re­gions 1, 2, and the Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, con­ducted the op­er­a­tion.

Agent Ger­ald Butele of NBI Laoag and team leader of Op­er­a­tion Green Vik­ing on Tues­day said they found five plan­ta­tion sites with an ag­gre­gate es­ti­mated land area of 2,350 square me­ters in si­tio Balay, Barangay

Tul­gao East and West in Tinglayan town.

“The suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion is still in line of the gov­ern­ment’s in­ten- si­fied drive to erad­i­cate pro­hib­ited drugs in­clud­ing that of mar­i­juana,” said Butele, adding that their troop stayed in the moun­tains for five days to up­root the mar­i­juana plants lo­cated on the steep por­tions of the moun­tains, which were dif­fi­cult to ac­cess.

No one was ar­rested dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

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