PNP hauls over P491-M worth of cocaine bricks in a week

admin   •   February 19, 2019   •   1852

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)

Panama seizes nearly four tonnes of cocaine

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2019

Courtesy: Reuters

Panamanian authorities said on Saturday (July 27) they have seized nearly four tonnes of cocaine after patrolling and intercepting a speedboat via air and sea along the northern perimeter of Isla Grande in the province of Colon.

Panama’s Naval Service (SENAN) intercepted a go-fast speedboat, seizing 3,989 packages of cocaine, making it the third successful operation of its kind so far in 2019.

Five Colombians were arrested.

“Our naval air carriers have been operating in the Caribbean sector where they intercepted a go-fast speedboat, with special features due to its capacity,” said Juan Manuel Pino, general director of Panama’s naval service, Senan.

Central America and Mexico are the main transit points for South American cocaine destined for U.S. markets. (REUTERS)

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PDEA seizes P5-M worth of suspected ecstasy,cocaine from BGC hotel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2019

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has seized over 2,700 pieces of suspected ecstasy and around 200 grams of suspected cocaine in Taguig City, Friday night (June 14).

PDEA operatives issued a search warrant against Domingo Tanyao Uy Jr. who availed and rented a safety deposit box located in a luxury hotel in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Authorities estimates the 2,750 total pieces of suspected ecstasy are worth over P4.6 million while the 200 grams of suspected cocaine is worth P1.06 million.

They also seized 14 pieces of transparent plastic cartridge suspected to be used for dangerous drugs.

A case for Violation of Section 11 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Uy.

P9-M worth of cocaine seized at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 13, 2019

Courtesy: Bureau of Customs

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.


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