- Posted January 22, 2014 by
P40M marijuana in Phl burned
MORE than P40 million worth of fully-grown marijuana plants and seedlings were destroyed after agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) swooped down on a plantation in Ilocos Sur, Northern Philippines.
In a press statement issued Wednesday, PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. said the two-day operation launched jointly by PDEA-Regional Office 1 and local police also resulted in the arrest of a 19-year-old marijuana cultivator.
Cacdac identified the suspect as Victor Ganase, a resident of Dinwende Village West, Cervantes, Ilocos Sur.
The two-day operation on January 18 to 19 swooped down on the 3.5 hectare-plantation of marijuana.
The operating team uprooted and burned on site approximately 100,000 fully-grown marijuana plants, and 500,000 pieces of marijuana seedlings worth P40,088,000, while kilos of dried marijuana leaves and buds, a bundle of marijuana stem and a weighing scale, were discovered at the back of Ganase’s house.
Cases for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 16 (Cultivation of Dangerous Drugs), Article II, of Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, will be filed in court against Ganase.