PDEA burns P14-M marijuana plants in Benguet (Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines Authorities destroyed around P14-million worth of grown marijuana plants and seedlings during a two-day operation in Benguet, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Tuesday.

PDEA Director General Arturo Cacdac Jr. said the teams, composed of operatives from PDEA-Cordillera Administrative Region and local police staged a marijuana eradication last August 19 and August 20 in sitios Nakneng, Balisaosao and Tamurong in Barangay Kayapa, Bakun, Benguet.

He said the teams confiscated and destroyed a total of 63,000 full-grown marijuana plants, 10,000 dried marijuana stalks and 17,300 marijuana seedlings.

No marijuana cultivator was arrested during the two-day operation, the PDEA chief said.

Operatives the destroyed and burned the marijuana plants which were uprooted from a plantation site with an estimated total land area of 10,949 square meters.