Saturday, August 14, 2010

Anti-drug ops intensified in Misamis province

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 14, 2010) – Philippine authorities have intensified its operation in the hinterlands of Misamis Oriental following the discovery of a marijuana field in the town of Jasaan.

Anti-drug agents, backed by soldiers and police commandos, have swooped down on the plantation after its discovery this week, but there had been no arrest during the operation.

It was unknown whether the illegal plantation was ran by rebels or syndicates, but authorities feared drug money were being used to finance the drug trade or the purchase of weapons.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said it has intensified its operation in the province.

Just recently, government troops also raided a marijuana plantation in Agusan del Sur’s La Paz town and destroyed thousands of fully-grown plants.

Marijuana is illegal in the Philippines and mere possession of the plant constitutes a criminal offense. (With a report from Becky de Asis)

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