Another cocaine block washes ashore in Quezon
Another box of cocaine washed ashore in Quezon province, police confirmed Wednesday, after similar drug packages were found in other areas.
A 16-year-old student gathering seashells found the box of narcotics in Barangay Villamanzano Norte, Perez town last Sunday, but threw it away due to its odor, said provincial police director Senior Supt. Osmundo de Guzman.
The youngster on Tuesday came across a TV report about another cocaine block that was found in the shore of neighboring Mauban town, prompting him to report the package he found to authorities, De Guzman said.
There was no immediate information on the value of the narcotics.
Some P200 million worth of cocaine was found on the shores of Siargao Island last Thursday. Several blocks of the drug were also netted in the shoreline of Dinagat Island and the sea off Camarines Norte in the same week.
Drug syndicates may be using the Philippines as a "transshipment point" for cocaine, which is repacked here before it is sent to Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and other nearby countries, said PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.
The floating cocaine packages, however, could have also been a diversionary tactic to smuggle tons of meth or shabu into the country, he said.
The Calabarzon police is offering a sack of rice as a reward for those who will report floating cocaine packages.
Report from Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News