BAGUIO CITY — Soldiers, police and anti-narcotics agents overran marijuana plantations in Kibungan and Mankayan towns in Benguet, destroying a total of P10.81 million worth of the illegal crops.

In a report over the weekend, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera Administrative Region (PDEA-CAR) said the plantations tucked in the mountains were located in Sitio Ginawang, Barangay Poblacion, Kibungan and Sitio Dowag, Barangay Guinaoang in Mankayan.

Brig. Gen. David K. Peredo, Cordillera police director, said that after saving samples and documenting the volume and value of the marijuana plants and dried stalks with fruiting tops, they burned down both plantations.

He said police investigators are working to identify the people behind the plantations for their arrest and prosecution. — Artemio A. Dumlao