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P36-M marijuana reduced to ashes

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BUTUAN CITY – Top regional officials of Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) destroyed some P36-million worth of marijuana stalks and plants at a quarry site in Barangay Bonbon here.

Combined elements of Loreto and La Paz Municipal Police Stations, Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office and Public Safety Battalion, Regional Intelligence Division of Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) and Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion, swooped down on the reported plantation areas that resulted to the recovery of big volume of marijuana stalks and plants last June 20.

Chief Supt. Rolando Felix lauded the collaborative support of the local government units and the community which contributed to the multi-million discovery in the area.

“Our all-out war against illegal drugs is not only in urban areas but up to rural areas and this will continue without let up until we hit our objective to make this region drug-free in Mindanao,” Chief Supt. Felix said.

The region’s top police official added that the PRO 13 is making headway in its implementation of “Project Double Barrel”, an all-out anti-illegal drug campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PRO record shows close to 11,000 self-confessed drug pushers and users have surrendered to police authorities and LGUs while almost 80 persons were already arrested during the continuing anti-illegal drug operations since the start of the all-out drive on July 1.

The destruction of illegal drugs is part of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Philippine National Police chief Director General Rolando “Bato” Dela Rosa’s fight against illegal drugs.

In Naic, Cavite, five persons were arrested in Villa Apolonio Subdivision for the same offense.

Chief Inspector Gil Tisado Torralba, chief of Region 4-A Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) identified those arrested as Ronidel Peliña Granados, alias Ronnie, 35, Raymond Dandoza Guevarra, alias Tisoy, 25, Jericho Distono Mojica, 33, James Jocson Ogot, 31, Arman Ramos Pelayo 47.

Granados and Guevarra were held for “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) selling while Mojica, Ogot and Pelayo for “shabu” possession and pot session.

Torralba said that Granados was the No. 11 drug personality in Naic and a member of a drug group being monitored under the municipality’s “Oplan Crystal.” (MIKE U. CRISMUNDO)