They seem to never stop coming.
Another block of cocaine was found washed ashore yesterday morning, this time in the town of Mauban in Quezon province.
The brick was found by a village officer named Johnel Escudero, who saw it along the boundary of the villages of Rosario and San Jose, reported GMA News.
Escudero unwrapped the brick and found a white substance. He then reported his discovery to San Jose’s village chief, Lorenzo Ambon, reported CNN Philippines.
The brick was brought to the Quezon Crime Laboratory for tests. Quezon province’s police director Senior Supt. Osmundo de Guzman confirmed that the brick was really composed of cocaine, The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
The Quezon province cocaine brick is just the latest to appear after other blocks of drugs have been discovered near and in the waters of Camarines Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Siargao. The blocks were all discovered in a span of one week, and are estimated to value PHP472.63 million (US$9.31 million) altogether, according to Rappler.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino today said the blocks might have been intended to be shipped to other countries. Another possibility was that they were being used as decoys while a bigger shipment of drugs is smuggled into the country by syndicates.
The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) spokesperson, Senior Supt. Bernard Banac told the public to report any suspicious items or persons. He also admitted that the PNP fights hard to stop illegal drugs from entering the country.
“We [have] more than 7,000 islands, so it’s really difficult to monitor and guard [the country],” he said.