Cocaine in the Philippines: Alarming surge in cocaine retrievals in Philippine seas

Is the Sinaloa drug cartel now actively supplying cocaine in the Philippines? Another “package” believed to contain cocaine was discovered off the coast of Vinzons, Camarines Norte on February 16, 2019. This is the third sighting of cocaine in the Philippines in the past week, after authorities recovered a total of 77 bricks of cocaine with a total worth of P462-million floating off the seas of Siargao, Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, last February 12 and 14, 2019.

In the information gathered by Bombo Radyo Naga, it was revealed that around 3:00 pm yesterday, a certain Jerry Aceron picked up a “package” on the coast of Barangay Aguit-it in that town and he gave it to a certain Agustin Mendoza.  The PNP-Vinzons personnel immediately went to Mendoza in the said area.

Mendoza allegedly thought the content of the package was poison because of the bad smell the white powder was emitting that he threw it to the sea.

Authorities were able to recover the package but unfortunately, it is already wet.

So far, the package is under review to determine if its cocaine just like the package that was previously recovered during the weekend in the same town that has been confirmed to be cocaine worth P5.4-million.

In Caraga region, Surigao del Norte Rep. Barbers “Ace” Barbers urges the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to investigate the 77 cocaine blocks worth P462-million that was recovered recently in the waters of Siargao and the Dinagat Islands.

As chairman of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, Barbers expressed his concern that their province was being made dumping grounds for drugs of local and foreign drug syndicates.

The lawmaker also urged PDEA Chief Director-General Aaron Aquino and PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde to determine the identity of the persons who was behind the abandonment of the cocaine blockers in the ocean as well as the ship or boat that carried them.

(source Bombo Radyo Philippines)

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P125 million worth of cocaine found ashore in Sorsogon –
 – Rappler-4 Jan 2018
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