Over P161.5M marijuana seized in Kalinga, Davao Oriental

Authorities seized more than P161.5 million worth of marijuana during separate operations in Kalinga and Davao Oriental from Monday to Thursday, police reported.

The latest operation saw police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency uproot and destroy 22,500 fully-grown marijuana plants and 420 kilos of dried marijuana worth about P95.4 million in Tinglayan, Kalinga.

Those plants and dried leaves were found at seven different sites with an estimated land area of 22,500 square meters, in the mountainous part of Brgy. Loccong on Thursday, the PNP Drug Enforcement Group said.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, police and PDEA agents eradicated seven other marijuana “fields” in Loccong and eight plantation sites in Butbut Proper.

Operatives seized 310,600 fully-grown marijuana plants worth about P62.12 million, from a total land area of 32,000 square meters, the Cordillera regional police and Kalinga PNP reported.

Further investigation is underway to identify the cultivators. All those plants were burned on site, police said.

On Monday and Tuesday, police and PDEA agents uprooted and burned some 20,000 fully-grown marijuana worth P4 million, in the hinterlands of Tarragona, Davao Oriental.

The plants were discovered at two sites in Sitio Pagbaluyan of Brgy. Tubaon, according to the Davao Oriental provincial police.

Investigation pointed to Jorel Malintad and Alejandro Magandam as the first site’s cultivator and maintainer, while the second site is said to have been planted and maintained by Noel Malintad.

All three eluded arrest, but charges are already being prepared against them.

Jorel was previously arrested for drug charges, but escaped from detention while that case was being processed, police said.

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