By Mike Crismundo
CAMP COL. RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – A block of suspected cocaine was discovered anew by a fisherman floating in the sea waters of Arlan, in Sta. Monica town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte province on Wednesday afternoon, a flash report reaching the police regional headquarters here late Thursday afternoon.
In an initial report received by P/Brig. Gen. Gilberto DC Cruz, regional director of Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) from Police Task Force in Siargao and Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office (PPO), it was also stated that the latest discovery had an estimated value of more than P5.3 million.
The fisherman, whose identity was not immediately known, docked at the Barangay Rizal Fishing Port in Sta. Monica town, and surrendered the cocaine brick to Bantay Dagat Monitoring Center. This was subsequently sent the to Sta. Monica Municipal Police Station (MPS), field report also stated.
The fisherman reported that he found the suspected cocaine floating more or less 40 nautical miles off the fishing port of Sta. Monica town.
Initially, the Sta. Monica MPS reported that the cocaine brick weighed at least a kilogram.
“While he (fisherman) was fishing in the deep sea more or less forty (40) nautical miles from Sta. Monica, one piece rectangle unidentified object, wrapped in black rubberlike cellophane came across his boat and out of curiosity, he picked it up and unwrapped it and found out that it was alike to what he saw on the news which is believed to be suspected cocaine,” the Sta. Monica MPS report added.
The cocaine brick reportedly weighs one kilogram, and is now in custody of Sta. Monica MPS for documentation and proper disposition.
With this development, Cruz encouraged the fishermen and coastal villagers to immediately report to nearest police station if they discover any more cocaine bricks.