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Lanao del Sur cops uproot P6-M worth of marijuana plants

 • 20:33 PM Mon Jul 27, 2015
Edwin Fernandez
Part of the marijuana plants seize by government forces in Lanao del Sur. (PNP-ARMM)

CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao - Police and anti-narcotics agents in Lanao del Sur uprooted over the weekend some 40,000 fully grown marijuana plants with an estimated market value of P6 million, officials said today.Senior Inspector Jackly Bilibili of Lanao del Sur police office, said joint elements of the Lanao el Sur police provincial office, 45th Infantry Battalion, Amai Manabilang town police office under Insp. Heherzon Zambale and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent Cieleto Llano, raided the marijuana plantation in Sitio Trapal, Barangay Mansilano, Amai Manabilang town in Lanao del Sur.Bilibili said the operation led to theuprooting of more or less 40,000 fully grown stalks of Marijuana plants with an estimated street value of more or less Php6 millionplanted in a corn field covering an estimated land area of 5.5 hectares.Part of the seized marijuana plants, about4,300 stalks, were hauled by the raiding team to the town hall. They were later burned with Mayor James Manabilang and other local officials standing as witnesses.The rest of the uprooted marijuana stalks were destroyed inthe area of eradication due to the distance of the area from the main road. Several samples of the uprooted Marijuana stalks were taken by the members of the PDEA for laboratory test.Bilibili said the cultivators remained unknown as the raiding team found nobody at the site during the raid.Earlier, police received a tip from concerned citizens about the presence of vast marijuana plantation in Sitio Trapal, Barangay Mansilano.After securing a search warrant and proper coordination with other law enforcement agencies completed, the raid was conducted Sunday.

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