AN estimated more than P1.1 billion worth of smuggled cocaine bricks have been recovered by police authorities in Caraga region since February this year up to last Monday following the help of residents of local coastal communities who found the floating drugs and turned them over to authorities immediately, Police Regional Office 13 director, Brigadier General Gilbert DC Cruz said yesterday.
The latest recovery took place in Barangay Handamayan in Lingig, Surigao del Sur where a 25-year old fisherman identified as Jolan Pucot found 16 cocaine bricks weighing 20 kilograms and valued at P100 million 9:30 p.m. Monday.
Cruz said that the fisherman reported his find to local village chief Jemuel Quiobe who in turn accompanied him to the Lingig Municipal Police Station to surrender the contraband.
Last Sunday, the official said that two cocaine bricks were found floating in the waters of Dinagat Island by a local resident who immediately turned over his find to the police.
Cruz said that the drugs were spotted by Felix Miasco floating in the waters of Barangay Quezon in Libjo, Dinagat Island past 7 p.m. last Sunday. The villager immediately retrieved the drugs and turned them over to barangay captain Jack Limera who in turn sought the help of the Libjo Municipal Police Station.
Cruz said that Libjo policemen took custody of the stuff, the latest to be recovered in Caraga region.