CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, April 19 (PIA) - - Joint law enforcement operatives intercepted around Php37 million worth of illegal drugs on a checkpoint staged at Barangay Lacnog this city on Sunday(April 18).
Recovered inside a black Mitsubishi Adventure with plate number NBZ 7232 were eight sacks containing 311 bricks of alleged packed Marijuana leaves weighing about 311 kilos.
Acting on a text message received by the operating lead unit from a concerned citizen on an alleged transporting of marijuana bricks from Tinglayan, Kalinga passing through Tabuk City, they established a checkpoint.
Recognizing authorities at the checkpoint, the driver identified as Sabado Guimba made a left turn towards the irrigation area.The operatives chased the evading vehicle but the suspect abandoned the vehicle and escaped.
On site inventory was conducted duly witnessed by media representatives together with the Barangay Officials of Barangay Lacnog.
Stashed inside the vehicle were eight sacks full of packed marijuana leaves.
On site inventory was conducted duly witnessed by media representatives and barangay officials of Barangay Lacnog. There were 311 bricks of alleged marijuana leaves weighing about 311 kilos with estimated value of P37.32 million.
Provincial PNP Director PCol. Davy Vicente Limmong commended the police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives for a successful teamwork and cooperation which led to another positive operation against illegal drugs.
Earlier, the PNP also destroyed on site some 43,000 fully grown Marijuana plants (FGMP) and 400 grams of Cannabis products, with a total estimated Standard Drug Price (SDP) of Php8,648M in four plantation sites in Kalinga in a 3-day Marijuana eradication operation.
Police reports indicated that operatives at Site #1 conducted marijuana eradication in four plantation sites at Barangay Ngibat, Tinglayan, this province, which resulted in the uprooting and burning of 5,000 FGMJP with estimated SDP of Php1.0 M and 400 grams of marijuana dried leaves with estimated SDP of Php 48,000.00.
Uprooted at Site # were 10,000 FGMJP with estimated SDP of Php2,000,000.00 while at Site #3 were 8,000 FGMJP with SDP of Php1,600,000.00 and 20,000 FGMJP at Site #4 with estimated SDP of Php 4,000,000.00.
PNP Chief Debold Sinas had pledged that the PNP will continue with the marijuana eradication operations nationwide with the aim of totally ending the illegal cultivation and sale of this plant. Appropriate court charges await identified weed cultivators, he added. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga with report from Kalinga PPO-PIO) (Photos: KPPO)