Cocaine valued at P90-M recovered in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY 12/18/16 (Bicol Standard)—Eighteen bricks of suspected cocaine, each weighing approximately 1 kilo, were discovered floating on the seawaters of Tiwi, Albay earlier today.

PNP Bicol Regional Director Melvin Buenafe told the Bicol Standard that the said bricks were discovered by fishermen Manuel Comota and Razel Bragais.

Buenafe added that the bricks were wrapped in a fishnet which they suspect that due to the action of the waves, was set loose, allowing the contraband to float.

Each brick is estimated to have a street value of 5 million pesos, amounting to a total of 90 million pesos for the 18 bricks.

In a press conference held at Camp Simeon Ola earlier today, Buenafe said the items have been turned over to the crime laboratory for confirmation and proper disposition.

The discovery of the bricks, he said, can be attributed to the support of the community, which is now actively participating in the anti-drug campaign.

In 2009, similar bricks were also discovered in the seawaters of Samar, he said.


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