₱457-M worth of cocaine found on Siargao, Dinagat islands shores

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Courtesy of San Isidro MPS

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 16) — More than 70 blocks of cocaine amounting to almost half a billion pesos have been discovered drifting on the shores of Siargao and Dinagat Islands over the past few days.

Caraga Regional police reported Friday that subsequent operations since Tuesday afternoon lead to the recovery of ₱457,125,000 worth of cocaine.

The Cagdinanao Municipal Police on Tuesday found 37 bricks of cocaine that weighed 48.825 kilograms and valued a ₱244,125,000 in the shoreline of Sitio Habongan, Barangay Poblacion, Cagdianao, Dinagat. The police was able to discover the drugs after a fisherman presented a brick of "suspicious item" which tested positive for the presence of the drug.

On Thursday, San Isidro town police in Surigao del Norte found 27 bricks of cocaine on the shores of Siargao Island. A follow-up operation the next day lead to the recovery of 13 more bricks. The two operations yielded a total of 40 bricks of cocaine weighing at 40 kilos and amounting to ₱212,000,000.

This comes after another incident of recovered two blocks of cocaine floating at sea was reported in Camarines Norte earlier this week, the police noted.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 13 Director Aileen Lovitos said they are still probing the incident but is mulling over the possibility of drug syndicates smuggling drugs through dropping them on shores instead of airport deliveries.

"We are looking into the possibility na dinaanan lang, dumadaan dito 'yung the possibility ng mga vessels and then hinuhulog lang," Lovitos told CNN Philippines' Newsroom Weekend.

[Translation: We are looking into the possibility that they would pass by through vessels and drop them on the seas.]

She cited similar cases of cocaine recovered in the waters of Samar and Camarines Sur.

"We urged the community to continue supporting the PNP especially in our intensified campaign against illegal drugs and criminality. The long arm of the law will surely catch the person/s or syndicate group behind the spread of this illegal substance," Caraga Regional Director Col. Rafael Rodriguez said.