Package with suspected cocaine worth P7M found by fisher in Palawan | Inquirer News

Package with suspected cocaine worth P7M found by fisher in Palawan

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Authorities said they recovered on Tuesday a package containing P7 million worth of suspected cocaine found the day before by a fisherman in Rizal town in Palawan province.

Rizal police and Palawan Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) picked up the package containing suspected cocaine weighing about one kilogram at 9 a.m. in Barangay Taburi.

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A police report on Wednesday said that Rizal police were conducting seaborne patrol in the waters of Barangays Latud and Taburi, when they received information from Taburi councilor Annaliza Magdayao that a fisherman had found a package.

Rizal police chief Major Thirz Starky Timbancaya said in a statement that they had also asked the fisherman if there were marks on the package that could give them a hint on its origin “because it might have been dropped somewhere else and was just brought by waves to the area.”

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The package was brought to the Palawan Police Provincial Office laboratory for examination.

“Since the place is open sea, it could be used as a transient point for those involved in illegal drugs transaction,” Timbancaya said, adding that they would conduct follow-up operations along the municipal coastlines.

“It might have been dropped in the sea with a GPS (global positioning system) so it could be tracked by the person who would pick it up. It so happened that there was a storm recently, which probably took the package here. So we are going to patrol the coastline to check [if] there are still more of these [packages],” he added.

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