Another cocaine brick found in Aurora: PNP

A lab technician of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) presents to media in Davao City on Monday 36 of the 39 bricks of cocaine worth P215 million recovered in the coastal area of Caraga, Davao Oriental on Sunday. PDEA added that three more bricks of cocaine were recovered shortly before noon of February 25. (Keith Bacongco)

MANILA — A construction worker in Aurora province found another brick of suspected cocaine along the shoreline in Baler, Aurora province, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Sunday.

PNP spokesperson, Col. Bernard Banac said Ariel Gonzales Valenzuela discovered the pack of cocaine floating in the waters of Barangay Reserva, Baler around 5 a.m. on Sunday and reported it to Barangay chairman Michael Guerro Valenzuela.

Banac said the local police reported that the brick of suspected cocaine was wrapped in black plastic and also has the “Lexus” label.

He said the recovered item weighing one kilo was brought to Baler police station while inspection has been conducted along the entire shoreline of Reserva village.

“The recovery of the said package was the 12th incident of reported “floating cocaine” since February 10,” Banac said in a text message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Banac commended the strong cooperation and vigilance of the public, resulting in the recovery of the floating cocaine in various parts of the country.

“We also continue to appeal to you to remain vigilant and report to the police any suspicious packages washed ashore or anyone who may show up offering an amount in exchange of said items,” Banac said.

“Together, we can stop crimes and illegal drugs towards a safe community for our people to live, work and do business,” he added.

Fishermen and coastal residents have so far recovered 100 kilos of bricks of cocaine with estimated value of PHP871 million along the shores of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Island, Davao Oriental, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Aurora. (PNA) By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

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