More than 500 fully grown marijuana plants were uprooted and burned in the uplands of Loreto town in Agusan del Sur province on Tuesday, Nov. 26, police said.
Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., Caraga police director said a team of policemen and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives had to walk for 20 hours to reach a marijuana plantation in Barangay Kasapa I, near the boundary of Bukidnon province.
Esquivel said the seized fully grown plants were worth P1.045 million.
No one was arrested during the operation, Esquivel said.
“Our police are conducting investigation to identify and effect the arrest of the owner of the said marijuana plantation. We continue to appeal to the members of the community to support the police in our crime prevention and crime solution efforts,” he said.
Esquivel added tribal communities have been helping anti-narcotics agents in the government’s anti-illegal drug drive.
The raid was touted as the largest marijuana seizure in this interior town situated along the Agusan River this year.
Loreto, alongside La Paz town which have been subjects of marijuana eradication operations, had been classified as a key source of marijuana in Caraga region.
Lumad settlers were supposedly lured into propagation of marijuana farms due to poverty and lack of economic opportunity. By CLC