TINGLAYAN, Kalinga – Law enforcement authorities vowed to be relentless in their operation against illegal drugs and warned people who are engaged in the illicit trade to stop their activities.
Amidst the pandemic, anti-drugs operations have been ongoing in the province with the help of some concerned citizens giving information or tips to law enforcers.
On May 4 and 5, authorities destroyed 55,000 fully grown marijuana plants tended by locals in Loccong, this town.
This brings to 13 the number of major marijuana eradication operations carried out since January 2021 resulting in the destruction of millions worth of marijuana.
Operatives have already destroyed thousands of grown marijuana plants in several plantations in the province this year.
Among the big successful operations were conducted in Tinglayan in February where an estimated P7 million worth of marijuana plants and dried leaves were destroyed and in April when operatives destroyed P8.6 M worth of marijuana products.
“Marijuana eradication operation is a regular activity of the Kalinga Provincial Police Office as part of the government’s effort to curb the supply of illegal drugs,” said Provincial Director Col. Davy Vicente Limmong.
Police also nabbed a 28-year-old wanted female resident of Sitio Marucdot, Barangay Junction, Pinukpuk who is listed as Top 10 Regional Drug Personality by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Judge Jerson E. Angog of Regional Trial Court Branch 25.
Two individuals were also arrested for illegal logging at a checkpoint in Pinukpuk. The duo failed to show a document or permit for the 213 board feet of Gmelina lumber that they were transporting. – Peter A. Balocnit