PNP hauls over P491-M worth of cocaine bricks in a week
by admin | Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that more than 92 kilograms of cocaine bricks, estimated to be worth more than P491 million have been intercepted along the shores of six areas in the Philippines, over a span of a week.
The cocaine bricks were found along the shores of Camarines Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Quezon from February 10 to 18.
According to PNP Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac, the first batch of cocaine, worth P5.4 million, was discovered on Sunday (February 10) near the shore of Barangay Sula, Vinzons in Camarines Norte.
The following day, police recovered similar-looking bricks of cocaine from the coast of Barangay Sabang, still in Vinzons in Camarines Norte after it was reported by a fisherman. It weighed around 839.37 grams and estimated to worth P4.5 million.
On February 12, police hauled off more than 48 kilograms of cocaine from the shore of Barangay Cagdianao in Dinagat Islands, then on February 14, cops recovered more bricks of cocaine, weighing about 40 kilograms and worth P212 million, from the coast of Barangay San Isidro in Surigao del Norte.
Two days later, on February 16, authorities found another slab of cocaine worth P5.2 million in Barangay Bagumbayan, Paracale in Camarines Norte while on February 18, cops recovered 1.1 kilograms of cocaine from the coast of Barangay San Jose, Mauban in Quezon.
Banac said they have yet to know where the said packages of prohibited substances originated. But what they are currently certain of is that an international drug syndicate is using the eastern seaboard of the Philippines as a transshipment point.
Banac added that the PNP, together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), is planning to burn the recovered slabs of cocaine,.
“This is a proof that there is a clear and present danger in the country from the international drug syndicate. Facing this threat is considered as a big challenge for the PNP, AFP, and PDEA,” said Banac.
The PNP Spokesperson assured that the PNP Maritime Group will continue to patrol the country’s eastern seaboard.
Banac has also appealed to the public to help authorities in winning the fight against illegal drugs and terrorism.
“Wake up Filipinos. Don’t let those international drug syndicates lure our barangay, our family and our country…Help us…All the information you will give to us will remain confidential,” Banac urged. — Robie de Guzman (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Authorities seized an estimated P9 million worth of cocaine from an Indonesian national who arrived from Qatar at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on Wednesday.
Agents of the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) confiscated the illegal drugs from the suspect who arrived from Doha aboard Qatar Airways at around 5 p.m.
The cocaine, weighing a total of 1.65 kilograms, was found hidden in a secret compartment of his suitcase.
PDEA said the suspect was held at the airport after random K-9 sweep and X-ray examination showed suspicious white powdery substance in the secret lining of his luggage.
Further chemical analysis confirmed that the substance brought by the passenger was cocaine.
The suspect is facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
P218 million worth of suspected cocaine was found floating off Gubat, Sorsogon waters by fishermen on Monday (May 27).
Based on the report Gubat Municipal Police Station, three fishermen netted 12 boxes of illegal drugs from the waters of Barangay Bagcacay.
Authorities suspected the 39 kilos of cocaine blocks were not intended for the Philippines.
“Halos lahat ng package ang lagay ay ‘BOX’ so maybe may mga pa-stored sila na iyon ang kanilang mga cocaine na orders na ide-deliver from somewhere else pero not intended for the Philippines, (All the packages has ‘BOX’ written on it so maybe they are made for storage and that those cocaine are orders to be delievred from somewhere else but not intended for the Philippine)” according to the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 Spokesperson PMaj. Malou Calubaquib.
The PNP Bicol region will turn over the blocks of cocaine to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
“Dadalhin pa siya sa Metro Manila for the schedule for destruction of illegal drugs kasi hindi naman siyang gagamitin as evidence so hindi siya itatago, iyong mga recovered so automatic for destruction iyan, (The [blocks of cocaine] will be delivered to Metro manila for the schedule for destruction of illegal drugs because it will not be used as evidence. They are all for automatic destruction)” Calubaquib said.
The national police lauded the cooperation of the three fishermen in Gubat, Sorsogon. They will be awarded on Monday (June 3) by the PNP-PRO 5.—(with reports from Allan Manansala)
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