PDEA: P15.3-Million worth of marijuana plants destroyed in Kalinga; dismantled 172 shabu labs and drug dens since 2016

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino and PDEA officer rooting Marijuana plants / Photo file (ctto)

Manila, Philippines- the campaign against illegal drugs continues under the operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Together with the Philippine Army (PA) PDEA destroyed about P15.31 million worth of fully grown Marijuana plants in the province of Kalinga.

However, according to General Aaron Aquino, PDEA Director, there was no arrested cultivator during their operation.

The operatives swept the marijuana cultivation site last October 27, with an estimated land area of 12, 967 sq. meters, in located in West Tinglayan, Kalinga.

Aquino added that there were a total of 74,450 grown marijuana plants, rooted and burned on the site during the operation.

He said that the successful operation was made possible with the help of PDEA elements in the office of Cordillera Administrative Region, under Director Juvenal Azurin, PDEA’s office in ilocos region, which is headed by Director Bryan Babang, and also by the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion. 

Meanwhile, another success was recorded by PDEA when its elements dismantled a total of 172 clandestine shabu laboratories and drug dens.

PDEA revealed when asked to provide the “real numbers” of its operations and arrested personalities in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs in the country.

Aquino said that from June 2016 up to October 25, 2017, the agency was able to dismantle a total of 163 drug dens, nine clandestine shabu laboratories, seized illegal drugs worth P18.85 billion, with an increase of P11.57 million compared last month.

As of October 25, 2017, a total of 2,509.22 kilos of metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu were seized, with an estimated value of P12.91 billion which also higher by P11.38 million compared to last the previous month. 

According to PDEA, arrested individuals totaled 117, 044 who are involved in illegal drugs from July of last year to October 2017.

Source: PNA

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