Cocaine block found floating in Catanduanes waters

ANOTHER block of suspected cocaine on Thursday was found floating in the waters off Baras, Catanduanes.

Police Regional Office 5 director Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal said fisherman John Anthony Tabinas found the suspected cocaine wrapped in a black packaging while fishing at the waters off Bgy. Putsan in Baras municipality at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Escobal said the fisherman immediately surrendered his find to the local police, which turned it over to the Crime Laboratory.

Over P800 million worth of cocaine blocks had been recovered in the country’s eastern seaboard since last February 10.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the floating “cocaine bricks” found in the eastern seaboards could have really been intended for shipment to Australia and not really destined for the Philippines.

Albayalde said the Philippines is in the bottom list of cocaine-consuming countries across the globe.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2016 listed the Philippines as in the bottom 14th out of the 112 countries with known cocaine consumption, the Journal Group learned.

The UNODC listed the Top 10 countries with highest cocaine use as Albania, Scotland, United States, England and Wales, Spain, Australia, Uruguay, Chile, Netherlands and Ireland.