Close  

Duterte: International drug syndicates behind ‘floating cocaine’

/ 07:50 PM February 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said the cocaine packages found floating in different provinces onfirmed the presence of big-time international drug cartels in the country.

“The news that you hear every day about the floating drugs all around the country is that really we have confirmed that Sinaloa and Medellin cartels are in the trade now. It has always been cocaine from Mexico,” Duterte said in his speech during the ceremonial signing of the Universal Healthcare Act.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Sinaloa drug cartel is a big-time drug syndicate in Mexico while the Medellin cartel is a Colombian syndicate founded by drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Several blocks of cocaine amounting to almost P500 million were recovered off the waters of Camarines Norte, Siargao, Dinagat islands, and the Quezon province in recent days.

FEATURED STORIES

READ: PNP eyes two drop-off points of floating cocaine blocks

Last week, Duterte said the country was already fighting a “global war” on drugs, citing the supposed operation of Sinaloa syndicate and its ties with Asia’s equally notorious Bamboo Triad. /ee

READ: Duterte warns foreign drug syndicates

RELATED VIDEO

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Drug war, floating cocaine, Philippine news update, Rodrigo Duterte
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.