Police uproot P3.3 million worth of marijuana in Agusan Sur plantations

Police uproot a total of 1,000 stems of marijuana ready for harvest in Barangay Kasapa 2, La Paz, Agusan del Sur on January 7, 2019. PHOTO/CaragaPulis Pio

Police operatives in Agusan del Sur uprooted more than P3.3 million worth of marijuana in two plantations in the mountain village of La Paz, Agusan del Sur on Monday.

Chief Supt. Gilberto DC Cruz, police director for Caraga, said elements of the La Paz police and the provincial mobile force raided the marijuana plantation at 6 a.m. in Sitio Kalampayan, Barangay Kasapa 2, a village reportedly partly influenced by communist New Peoples Army (NPA).

The group uprooted a total of 1,000 stems of marijuana ready for harvest, he said.

But Cruz said Rene Salintao and Bernard Sanggod, who were allegedly behind the plantations, measuring several hectares each, were not around during the raid.

He disclosed that an informant had tipped off the Agusan del Sur police about the plantations.

“We received the tip from concerned individuals that two marijuana plantations exist in the area and so we immediately launched the separate police operations,” Cruz said, adding that the fully grown marijuana plants were burned in the area.

“We give due credit to the concerned citizens who reported the information. Indeed, when the police and community work hand-in-hand in the fight against illegal drugs, our efforts yield to successful outcomes,” Cruz said By CLC

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