P5.3M cocaine found off Quezon shore

February 19, 2019

LUCENA CITY — A brick of cocaine worth around P5.3 million believed to be part of those recovered recently in Camarines Norte on Sunday was found by a village watchman on the shore of Bgy. San Jose in the coastal town of Mauban, Quezon.

Quezon police director Sr. Supt. Osmundo de Guzman said the recovered cocaine weighed 1.01761 kilo.

In his report to Calabarzon police director Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, De Guzman said village watchman Johnel Escudero found the brick wrapped in packaging tape near the boundary of Bgys. Rosario and San Jose around 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Escudero unwrapped the package and upon seeing the white substance, he quickly reported it to Bgy. San Jose chairman Lorenzo Ambon.

Ambon reported the find to Mauban police commander Chief Insp. Rodelio Calawit, who quickly proceeded to the village.

“I immediately ordered Calawit to bring it to the crime laboratory in Lucena City for examination and asked him to send policemen in the area for possible recovery of other bricks if there’s more,” said De Guzman.

The official said the recovered substance had markings similar to those recovered in Camarines Norte last week.

Last Saturday, another cocaine wrapped in a package estimated to be worth P5.2 million was found by a passerby on  the shoreline off Bgy. Bagumbayan in Paracale, Camarines Norte.

Norly Soriano, 46, was walking on the village’s shoreline  when he spotted a package sealed with tape and with “Lexus” markings.

Soriano immediately informed the Paracale police of his discovery.

On September 10 last year, joint police teams and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents arrested three Taiwanese and a Filipina after they seized from the suspects a huge amount of suspected shabu and various materials used in the manufacturing of the illegal drugs in Bgy. Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon.

The operation resulted in the seizure of 10 sacks of chemicals believed to be used in manufacture of shabu and 22 gallons containing 30 liters of liquid substance. 

With Sonny Sales