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21 Million Marijuana Plants Burned In Sulu Province

JOLO, Sulu – A total of Twenty One Million Pesos (P21-M) fully grown Marijuana plants, reportedly owned by an alleged supplier of the most-wanted Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Mindanao, were burned by the raiding team of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other government agencies in this province.

Colonel Hernanie Songano, 4th Marine Brigade commander reported to the media that said fully grown marijuana plants were raided in barangay Masjid Punjungan, Kalingalan in the municipality of Caluang in Sulu.

Songano said the Marijuana plantation has a total area of two hectares, and through the joint efforts of the Naval Task Force Sulu, PDEA and Sulu Police Provincial Office (SPPO), the reported plantation of illegal drugs were immediately raided by government operatives Friday.

He said the alleged owner of the 2-hectare Marijuana plantation was not arrested during the joint operation.      

“We have burned the marijuana plants on site and we will continue to scour the area to locate other possible sites of marijuana plantation,” Songano told reporters in an interview.

In a related operation of the joint forces of Marines, PDEA and the local police, the raiding team also recovered a total of Eighty One Thousand Six Hundred Pesos (P81,600) worth of illegal drugs reportedly known as shabu, handgun accessories and P5,000 cash in Omar town, this province.

Major General William Gonzales, commander of the 11th Infantry Division told the media the seized items and money were allegedly owned by a certain Dawam Awam aka Gabriel Silbiñis, a known drug personality in Omar town and nearby municipalities in Sulu’s second district. ### (JCE)

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