Floating packages of cocaine have also reached Batanes

Rambo Talabong
Floating packages of cocaine have also reached Batanes
Substance believed to be cocaine packed in 3 plastics bags are found by fishermen floating off Basco, Batanes

MANILA, Philippines – Floating packages believed to be containing cocaine have also reached Batanes, the Philippines’ northernmost province.

According to a police report from Camp Marcelo Adduru in Tuguegarao City, the substances packed inside 3 different containers were recovered floating off the coast of Basco, Batanes on Tuesday, April 16.

“The contraband weighing more or less one kilogram with estimated street value of P5.7 million (if tested positive as cocaine) was recovered by a fisherman while fishing in the said place near Naidi Light House, in Basco, Batanes,” the dispatch said.

SEALED. Suspected cocaine is retrieved by fishermen off the shore of Basco, Batanes. PNP photo

The substances were contained separately in a white plastic, a transparent vacuum-sealed plastic with “A” markings, and a green foil with “guanyinwang” tea markings.

The recovery comes after a series of off-shore cocaine retrievals in the Philippines’ eastern seaboard.

In an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source on Wednesday, police chief General Oscar Albayalde said the floating cocaine packs were most likely the result of abandoned shipments, since the same kind of cociane packages were found in Australia and Fiji. – Rappler.com

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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.