Con­fis­cated mar­i­juana plant burned

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TARRAGONA, DAVAO ORI­EN­TAL – Au­thor­i­ties burned bun­dles of seized mar­i­juana plants dur­ing a cer­e­mo­nial burn­ing on Thurs­day, July 26 here.

The cer­e­mo­nial burn­ing of the banned pot plants was done af­ter the suc­cess­ful Mar­i­juana Erad­i­ca­tion Op­er­a­tion in the vil­lages of To­moaong and Tubaon in Tar­rg­ona town wherein op­er­a­tives con­fis­cated a to­tal of 22,500 fully-grown mar­i­juana stalks with an es­ti­mated value of P3.7 mil­lion and 2 ki­los of mar­i­juana seeds with an es­ti­mated value of P240,000.

Gover­nor Nel­son Dayanghi­rang said this is a huge break­through and a tremen­dous vic­tory in “our fight against il­le­gal drugs”. The Gover­nor said he is proud of the joint op­er­a­tives of the Philip­pine Drugs En­force­ment Agency (Pdea), Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, and the Philip­pine Army who worked closely in dis­cov­er­ing and tak­ing down the sprawl­ing mar­i­juana plan­ta­tion on the two sites.

Tarragona Chief of Po­lice, Po­lice Se­nior In­spec­tor Mark Lester Jalon, said this is the largest load of mar­i­juana they have had con­fis­cated and de­stroyed in the re­cent years. He said the in­ten­sive op­er­a­tion which took five days had com­menced right af­ter the Provin­cial Peace and Or­der Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil Meet­ing.

He re­vealed that cases are be­ing wrapped up now to per­sons of in­ter­est who have some­thing to do with the mar­i­juana plan­ta­tion.

The dis­cov­ered mar­i­juana plan­ta­tions, which cov­ered a to­tal of two hectares, were lo­cated in hid­den and iso­lated lo­ca­tions, deep be­neath dense forests, as de­scribed by the op­er­a­tives. With no ac­cess to roads, they say it will take at least eight hours to reach the sites on foot.

Lt. Col. Miguel Ra­mon, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the Philip­pine Army’s 28th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion, said there is in­for­ma­tion that strongly links the cul­ti­va­tors of the mar­i­juana plan­ta­tions to the armed New Peo­ple’s Army rebels who have set an en­camp­ment near the dis­cov­ered plan­ta­tions. Ra­mon added that the Philip­pine Army will con­tinue its ef­forts in help­ing erad­i­cate il­le­gal drugs through col­lab­o­ra­tion with other law en­force­ment agen­cies and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units. “The suc­cess of the op­er­a­tion is a very strong ex­am­ple of an in­ter­a­gency col­lab­o­ra­tion and ac­tion that is strongly sup­ported by the com­mu­nity,” he said.

ONTRIBUTED PHOTO

BURNT TO ASHES. It only took less than five min­utes for the grown mar­i­juana plants to turn into ashes in the cer­e­mo­nial burn­ing that added to the in­ten­sity of the scorch­ing heat of the sun on June 26, 2018, which was the af­ter­math of five days in­tense...

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