Another P5.2M cocaine brick fished out of CamNorte waters

February 17, 2019

ANOTHER brick-like item which turned out to be nearly a kilo of cocaine worth P5.2 million was found floating in the shorelines of Paracale, Camarines Norte by a local villager early Saturday evening.

Police Regional Office 5 director Chief Superintendent Arnel B. Escobal said 46-year-old Norly Sorian, a resident of Barangay Bagumbayan in Paracale town, discovered the drugs wrapped in plastic and covered with brown duct tape along the shorelines in their area around 7:20 p.m. Saturday.

The word “Lexus” was written on the plastic package, Escobal said.

The man immediately turned over the item to the Paracale municipal police.

Escobal said that a test conducted on the item by the Provincial Crime Laboratory showed that it was positive for cocaine and weighed 989.23 grams with an estimated value of P5,242.919.00.

It was the second major cocaine discovery in Bicol since Sunday last week, when more than  a kilogram of suspected cocaine worth nearly P5.5 million floated in the waters of Vinzons, Camarines Norte and were discovered by two local fishermen.

According to Escobal, fishermen Alfredo Vega,61; and his son Alfredo Jr. were fishing in the waters of Bgy. Sula when they saw a vacuum-sealed box floating in the sea. The two immediately retrieved the box and turned it over to local authorities.

Last week, police also seized an estimated 88 kilograms of cocaine worth P440  million in Caraga region following a tip from a fishermen who found nearly half of the contraband drifting along the shorelines of Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands last Tuesday, PRO13 director Chief Supt. Gilbert DC Cruz said.

In a report to Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said that members of the Cagdianao Municipal Police Station rushed to Sitio Habangan in Barangay Poblacion, Cagdianao after getting a report from a local fisherman around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Cruz said the fisherman identified as Gonie Curada informed the local police of the  vacuum-sealed packs with unknown substance which drifted ashore.

Initially, he said that policemen who responded to the site recovered 37 suspected cocaine blocks. Three more cocaine blocks were found in the same area.

Another operation in Siargao Island resulted in the recovery of 40 cocaine bricks wrapped in tightly-sealed plastics with the sign of “Bugatti,” a famous luxurious European car. The cocaine bricks discovered in Dinagat island were in packages with the dollar sign.

Escobal and Cruz said  they are undertaking operations to recover more drugs that could have floated in their areas with the help of the local community.