The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has uprooted more than 5,000 marijuana plants in the town of Kiblawan, Davao Del Sur.
A spokesman for the PDEA said nobody was arrested in the operation at Sitio Aliong in Barangay Kimlawis on Sunday.
Police, along with the Army’s 72nd Infantry Battalion confiscated an estimated 850,000 pesos worth of marijuana from the hills of Kiblawan.
Authorities say they are “digging deeper” into the the illegal activity – they also said that aside from the regions of Kiblawan, police were also looking at other areas of Kiblawan where reports have indicated more marijuana plantations are located.
Police also said that other regions in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley also are heavily inundated with marijuana plantations based on reports from those regions.
Those caught cultivating, planting or otherwise involved in growing marijuana plants in the Philippines will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 (the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).