ANOTHER block of suspected cocaine was seized by the local police in Rapu-Rapu, Albay last Monday bringing to more than P230 million the amount of the same drug found floating in the waters of Bicol region since last May, Police Regional Office 5 director, Brigadier General Arnel B. Escobal said yesterday.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said that the drugs tightly-sealed in brown packaging tape was spotted by fishermen Nilo Aguilar, 38; Joven Cambi, 24; and Joy Dungaran, 42, in the waters near the boundary of Rapu-Rapu and Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon around 11 p.m. Monday.
It turned out that the three fishermen from Barangay Sta. Barbara, Rapu-Rapu discovered that their net caught something heavy thinking it could be a big fish. Upon inspection, they discovered the suspected cocaine block in their fishnet.
Escobal said that the three got suspicious when the package with crystal-like substance turned out to have an unpleasant smell. On Tuesday morning, the three surrendered their ‘catch’ to the local police which it turned it over to the Regional Crime Laboratory 5 for quantitative and qualitative examination.
The Bicol police director have commended local fishermen for answering their call for them to immediately surrender suspected ‘floating cocaine’ in their areas.
Last May 28, fishermen Melvin Gregorio, Loubert Ergina and John Mark Nabong were fishing in the waters of Bgy. Bagacay in Gubat, Sorsogon when they recovered 12 boxes containing some 39 kilograms of cocaine worth P218.4 million.
Last May 17, a fisherman also surrendered to the local police a cocaine block worth some P5.3 million after finding it in the shoreline of Bgy. Nagcalsot in Rapu-Rapu.
Escobal thanked the local residents who immediately reported their drug find to the local police. “We have accounted for another huge volume of drugs with the help of a vigilant community and are again calling on the public to seek our help in case they spot suspected floating cocaine in their areas,” said the Bicol police director.