Monday, December 19, 2016

Bicol police recover cocaine bricks worth PHP100-M off Tiwi, Albay
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 19 (PNA) -- The government’s anti-drug campaign in Bicol got another boost after local fishermen turned over to local police authorities 18 bricks of cocaine that they found floating 100 meters off the shores of Tiwi town in Albay on Sunday night, said the top official of the Bicol police Monday morning.

Chief Supt. Melvin Buenafe, director of the Regional Police Office (PRO5), in an interview, said each of the cocaine bricks found in waters off Barangay Sogod, Tiwi weighed 1 kilogram each and that the 18 kilos of cocaine bricks could cost up to PHP100 million. Senior Insp. Jan King Calipay, chief of police of Tiwi Municipal Police Office (MPO), said two fishermen while on board a motorized banca found floating offshore a net full of “brick-like items wrapped with brown packaging tape.”

He said the two fishermen, Manuel Comota and Razel Bragais, informed Teresita Cericos, barangay captain of Sogod, about the package and immediately informed the MPO about it.

Buenafe thanked the fishermen and Cericos for their “courage in responding to the Philippine National Police’s campaign against illegal drugs.”

He encouraged the public to continue supporting the Philippine National Police (PNP) in its anti-drug campaign.

Calipay said the recovered cocaine bricks were submitted to the PNP crime lab for further testing.(PNA) BNB/GVR/CBD/EBP