Out in the streets now: 1.45 tons of cocaine worth P7.25 billion dumped in Samar by South American vessel

About 1.45 tons of cocaine worth P7.25 billion are said to be out in the streets now, reports ManilaTimes.net. The cocaine, said to be of a high-grade variety, is supposed to have come from about 1.9 tons of cocaine dumped in Samar by a vessel allegedly from South America in December 2009.

Police recovered 454.1 bricks of cocaine from their operations and from citizens in Samar who surrendered them. According to PhilStar.com, some fishermen in Eastern Samar mistook the cocaine for detergent and used it to do their laundry. When it did not produce bubbles as detergents are supposed to, some of the fishermen buried the bricks while others, knowing the "mysterious powder" was actually cocaine, looked for buyers.



Senior Supt. Frank Uyami, PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force deputy commander, told ManilaTimes.net that some of the missing bricks had already been sold to syndicates. Uyami said their task force and local government units are offering P1,000 for every brick of cocaine. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is also offering a sack of rice for every kilo of cocaine.

For more on this story, log on to ManilaTimes.net and PhilStar.com.

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