TABUK CITY, Kalinga – – The Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) burned 88 marijuana bricks and at least 200 uprooted dried marijuana plants at the Provincial Police Office grounds, here.
John Balao-as of PDEA-Cordillera Region said the burned illegal stuff confiscated in separate anti-illegal drugs operations by police enforcement teams in the province was valued at P4.2 million.
According to Balao-as, PDEA-CAR has intensified its operation against illegal drugs citing its effects to criminality.
Elaborating on the government’s anti-illegal drugs drive, there must be effective coordination among the “five pillars” of justice, he said.
But for operations to yield positive results, Balao-as stressed on the significant contribution of the community in the area of providing leads against suspects involved in the illegal activity.
In the province, there is an integrated effort established by the police, private sector and schools to stop the proliferation, use and trade of illegal drugs especially shabu. Campaigns and symposiums were conducted in schools to educate students on the ill-effects of illegal drugs.
Police intelligence reports had shown the rate of shabu proliferation in the province had reached alarming level prompting the multi-sector action. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)