P8.7M worth of marijuana uprooted in Asturias village

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AROUND 22,000 stalks of fully grown marijuana worth P8.7 million were uprooted by operatives of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CCPO) in Barangay Kaluangan, Asturias town on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.

Operatives of the Provincial Intelligence Unit, the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted separate operations in two marijuana plantations in Sitios Upper Kaluangan and Uling.

During the first operation, police were able to uproot 11,500 marijuana stalks worth P4.5 million that were planted in Sitio Upper Kaluangan.

During the second operation, police recovered 10,500 marijuana stalks worth P4.2 million in Sitio Uling.

Police officials conducted the operation after receiving information from a concerned citizen concerning the illegal planting of marijuana stalks in the barangay.

Police Lt. Lino Galvan III said the concerned citizen identified himself as one of those being hired to plant the marijuana plants in the area.

After securing the information, Galvan sent his personnel in the area to conduct surveillance.

But despite what police have recovered, no one was arrested during their operation.

Police, however, identified the plantation owners as Jay-R Camaogay and a certain Johnny who is also known as “Yungko.’

Those working in the plantations were able to flee the scene when police got there. (AYB)