January 31, 2023

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Another brick of cocaine found

ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Philippine military said another brick of suspected cocaine weighing about one kilogram has been washed ashore in South Ubian town in the southern province of Tawi-Tawi, just 137 nautical miles from Malaysia’s state of Sabah.

The Western Mindanao Command on Monday, December 19, said a villager collecting scraps along the beach line found the brick on Friday, December 16.

The brick was tightly wrapped in plastic and had markings “cocaine” and “D&B” written on it. It was surrendered to village officials who handed it to the members of the 21st Marine Company in the village of Bubuan.

This was confirmed by Brig. Gen. Romeo Racadio, commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi, who said that the brick was turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

“The substance, believed to be cocaine, weighs one kilogram and with a value amounting to P5.3 million. The recovered item was immediately turned over to the PDEA Tawi-Tawi for further laboratory examination and proper disposition,” he said.

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Racadio can not confirm if the cocaine came from Sabah or not, but this was the second cocaine brick found in the town in four days after two fishermen — brothers Alih and Sabri Iskan — retrieved a tightly sealed pack of cocaine floating at sea.

Racadio said authorities are still investigating the source of the cocaine and who was behind it.

In 2019, fishermen recovered at least 46 bricks of cocaine in the waters off Quezon and Sorsogon.