8.PR3362016 03Aug2016Over six million pesos worth of marijuana was uprooted and destroyed after combined elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army (PA) successfully cleared a marijuana plantation site in Maguindanao on July 30, 2016. In a report submitted to PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña, Regional Director Edgar Apalla of PDEA Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA RO-ARMM) said that agents of PDEA RO-ARMM, in collaboration with teams from Matanog Municipal Police Station, Mindanao Area Police Intelligence, PNP Police Regional Office-ARMM, Bravo Company, 6th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, PA and local government of Matanog, Maguindanao conducted a marijuana eradication operation in Sitio Pangtoon, Barangay Sapad and Barangay Bayanga Sur, Matanog, Maguindanao that led to the discovery of the illegal hemp in a plantation site, with an estimated land area of 12 hectares. A total of 27,000 fully-grown marijuana plants and 52 kilograms of dried marijuana leaves in brick form, with a total estimated market value of P6,700,000, were destroyed as a result of the operation. Two suspected cultivators identified as Naks Kanakanan and Radzak Macarimbang Maguid, managed to evade arrest after sporadic gun fire coming from different directions that prevented the operatives from pursuing them.