AN estimated 18 kilograms of cocaine bricks worth P90 million were surrendered by two fishermen in Tiwi, Albay, who found them floating in the local waters last Sunday, a Police Regional Office 5 report said yesterday.
A sketchy report from the PRO5 headed by Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon G. Buenafe said that fishermen Manuel Comota and Razel Bragais made the startling discovery while on their way to fish off Bgy. Sugod Sunday morning.
The two plucked at least 18 cocaine bricks wrapped in a fishnet and concealed in a rubber bag and plastic tightly wrapped with packaging tapes and turned them over to the local police after they discovered that its contents appeared to be drugs.
An initial laboratory examination showed the substance were cocaine.
Judging from the fact that the bag was already covered with moss and barnacles, officials aired suspicions that the drugs could be part of an estimated two tons of high-grade cocaine dumped into the waters of Samar by a Chinese drug syndicate being chased by United States Drug Enforcement Administration authorities in 2009.
Elements of Tiwi Municipal Police Station, led by Senior Insp. Jan Kings Calipay, went to the barangay and received the recovered hot items.
Buenafe thanked the fishermen for their effort in recovering and turning over the illegal drugs.