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P6M marijuana plants uprooted in Danao City

CEBU, Philippines — In a span of two days, operatives uprooted almost P6 million worth of marijuana plants in two mountain barangays of Danao City.

Yesterday morning, operatives of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) -7 in a joint operation with the Cebu Provincial Police Office Public Safety Company and Danao City Police Station uprooted around 8,925 fully grown marijuana plants in Barangay Togonon, Danao City.

PDEA 7 Spokesperson Leia Albiar told The FREEMAN that Danao City police received reports from the community regarding the presence of a marijuana plantation in the area.  This prompted the operatives to coordinate with PDEA and conduct the operation.

The alleged cultivator identified as Julito Batucan, a resident of the said place, eluded arrest.

However, Albiar said that a case will still be filed against Batucan for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Last Wednesday, more than P2. 1 million worth of marijuana plants were also uprooted in Barangay Sibacan, Danao City during the preventive patrol conducted by Danao police in the area.

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The Sibacan is just adjacent to Togonon.

The alleged cultivator, Reynaldo Cal, also eluded arrest.

A total of 84 marijuana plants were brought to PDEA 7 for evidence purposes while the rest were burned in the area due to bad weather and difficult terrain.

Barangay Togonon is about 20 kilometers from Danao City proper.  (FREEMAN)

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