PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Debold M. Sinas yesterday expressed confidence they have successfully reduced the supply of marijuana on the streets during the recent holiday season following a series of successful anti-cannabis operations in Cordillera region and other parts of the country.
The PNP chief particularly noted continuing eradication operations in clandestine marijuana farms in the hinterlands, particularly in the Cordillera region which remains the top marijuana producer in the country due to its cool weather which makes it a natural habitat for the prohibited plant.
As early as November last year, Sinas has instructed PNP units to step-up supply reduction operations of illegal drugs in anticipation of the increased demand during the holiday season. Marijuana remains the 2ndmost abused drug in the country next to shabu.
“The relentless marijuana eradication efforts of PNP units in the Cordillera, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency led to a scarcity in the supply of marijuana products to users in other parts of the country,” he said.
Last December alone, the PNP chief noted the series of marijuana eradication operations carried out by the Cordillera Police Regional Office in 17 separate cultivation sites and clandestine farms in the region.
“These operations resulted to the destruction of some 73,192 fully-grown Marijuana plants and 3,847 marijuana seedlings with a combined street value of P14,792,280.00,” Sinas said citing reports from Cordillera police director, Brigadier Gen. R’Win Pagkalinawan.
“This effort will continue beyond the holiday season, and perhaps throughout the year when good weather permits that our troops can reach even the farthest clandestine marijuana farms targeted for destruction,” he said.
Last Sunday afternoon, Cordillera policemen raided another marijuana plantation site in Sitio Topinao, Madaymen, Kibungan, Benguet where they uprooted and burned an estimated P270,000 worth of fully-grown cannabis plants and seedlings.
Investigators are now tracing ownership of the property through the municipal assessor’s office of Kibungan, Benguet, said Pagkalinawan.
Sinas said police operations against cultivation, production and trafficking of marijuana will continue without let-up despite a recent action by the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UN-CND) to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
“Cannabis in the form of plants, products and its derivatives is still a dangerous drug as defined under Republic Act No. 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” the PNP chief said.Publication Source : People's Tonight