34 more ‘cocaine bricks’ wash ashore in Surigao del Sur

Rambo Talabong
If confirmed to be cocaine, the bricks would have an estimated value of P230 million

FOUND BY FISHERMEN. Packs believed to contain cocaine are again wrapped in packaging tape and found floating towards the shore, this time in Surigao del Sur. Caraga police photo

MANILA, Philippines – Barely a week after several hauls of cocaine, fishermen found 34 more bricks believed to contain the recreational drug, drifting ashore in the province of Surigao del Sur early Sunday morning, February 24.

Wrapped in packaging tape, the 34 bricks were spotted bound together floating off the shore of Purok Santan, Barangay Bungtod in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, by two fishermen.

Upon examination, cops noticed that the bricks looked similar to cocaine packs recovered from other shores in the eastern seaboard of the Philippines: wrapped in packaging tape and labeled with a dollar sign. (READ: A week’s haul: P472.6-M cocaine bricks found on Philippine shores)

Caraga cops repeated their call to civilians, especially fishermen, to contact authorities immediately if they see any suspicious bricks floating in seawaters or landing ashore.

People who would hand in drug bricks would be rewarded with a sack of rice per pack.

The substances found on Sunday are still up for laboratory tests. If confirmed to be cocaine, the bricks would have an estimated value of P230 million. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.