Camp Aquino, Tarlac City – A Marijuana plantation was discovered and destroyed by the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) troops, in tandem with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Kalinga, Province, at around 11:30 in the morning of February 11, 2018 (Sunday).
PDEA has coordinated with the 50th Infantry Battalion (50IB) of the 5th Infantry Division (5ID), Philippine Army in seizing the target area, which was located in the mountainous and isolated area of Mount Chumanchil in Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga. A Joint Operation was conducted between the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Unit Office 2, PDEA Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Kalinga Provincial Police Office and Tinglayan Municipal Police Office, 50IB of the Philippine Army (PA) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kalinga.
The Joint Operation of the AFP, PDEA and PNP resulted to the seizing of the marijuana plantation, which was estimated to be one hundred (100) square meter area. The marijuana plants, which stood more than six (6) feet in height and ready for harvest, were subsequently uprooted by the authorities. Moreover, marijuana seedlings were also discovered within the plantation area.
NOLCOM will continue to provide support to Law Enforcement Operations with other agencies, in curtailing criminality and illegal drugs, to further contribute to national peace and development efforts of the Philippine Government.