More ‘floating cocaine’ recovered

February 25, 2019

POLICE on Sunday recovered four more blocks of “floating cocaine” worth over P200 million in separate areas in Nueva Ecija, Aurora and Davao Oriental, Philippine National Police spokesman Sr. Supt.  Bernard Banac said.

“We are once again lauding the strong cooperation and vigilance of the public which continue to produce positive results following the recovery of more suspected cocaine in various parts of the eastern seaboard,” the official said.

Banac said that apart from the 34 blocks of suspected cocaine found by members of the Police Regional Office 13 headed by Chief Supt. Gilbert DC Cruz on the shores of Tandag City in Surigao del Sur at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, the Police Regional Office 3 headed by Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel also reported the recovery of a suspected cocaine brick in North Poblacion, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija and another cocaine brick on the shorelines of Dingalan, Aurora on Sunday afternoon.

“In both incidents, local fishermen discovered the floating cocaine bricks and immediately reported their find to the local police,” the PNP spokesperson said.

On the same afternoon, the Police Regional Office 11 headed by Chief Supt. Marcelo Morales also reported the recovery of two blocks of suspected cocaine in Purok Talisay, Bgy. Santiago in Caraga, Davao Oriental.

Officers led by Sr. Insp. Fidelito Viola Jr. went to the site after being informed of the presence of the suspected drugs which washed ashore.

The official said that recovered in the area were four bundles of the suspected drugs, three of them each containing 10 packets, while the second  which was already opened contained six packs. The 36 plastic packets were spotted by a local villager swimming in the area.

The suspected drugs found in Caraga, Davao Oriental weighed around 36 kilograms and valued at P190 million.

All recovered items are the subject of an ongoing laboratory examination, Banac said.