Suspected cocaine found on Quezon shore
LUCENA CITY – A village watchman discovered a brick of suspected cocaine along the shore of Mauban town in Quezon province Monday morning, police said.
According to reports, Johnel Escudero, a village watchman from Barangay San Jose found the substance wrapped in thick packaging on the coastal boundary of Rosario and San Jose villages fronting Lamon Bay in the Pacific Ocean around 9 a.m.
Escudero unwrapped the package and saw a brick of white substance, which he immediately brought to the village chieftain who subsequently surrendered it to the local police station.
The local police sent the package to the Quezon police headquarters in Camp Nakar in Lucena City for laboratory examination.
In April last year, fishers from the island town of Perez, also in Lamon Bay, found a total of 28 kilos of cocaine, worth P280 million, and 16.5 liters of liquid chemical that could make about 13 kilos of cocaine worth P130 million.
Another group of Quezon fishers also recovered in the area a “sophisticated, high-tech” tracking device used in monitoring drug shipments.
The five-kilogram device, similar to a buoy featuring a plastic neon orange top, contained a GPS (global positioning system) instrument and a packet of silica gel that kept moisture off. /ee
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