₱5.2-M worth of cocaine found on Camarines Norte shore

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This is the second box of cocaine found on a Camarines Norte town shoreline in six days

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 17) — Another pack of cocaine was recovered along the shoreline of Camarines Norte, this time in Barangay Bagumbayan, Paracale town on Saturday. 

It's the second time cocaine was recovered on the shores of the province within a span of six days. On February 11, a block of cocaine was also found in Barangay Sabang, in Vinzons town.

Over the past few days, more than 70 blocks of cocaine worth almost half a billion pesos were also discovered on the shores of Siargao and Dinagat Islands. The Caraga Regional Police Office said they will be rewarding a sack of rice for every block of cocaine submitted to the police. 

The latest brick of cocaine found in Camarines Norte weighed 989.23 grams with an estimated market value of ₱5,242,919, a police report released Sunday said.  Police Regional Spokesperson Malu Calubaquib said a resident found the box while walking along the shoreline of Paracale town. The resident saw a brick-like item wrapped in brown duct tape with the mark "lexus."

Calubaquib said the resident immediately turned over the item to Paracale Municipal Police Station officials who subsequently submitted it to the Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for examination. The chemistry report released Sunday confirmed the substance is cocaine. 

Earlier, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde maintained there is no cocaine market in the country but that intelligence reports show drug syndicates may be using waters of the Philippines as a drop-off points. 

The PNP has urged the public to remain vigilant and active in participating in the police's anti-drug efforts. 

"Your active participation in our anti/illegal drugs law enforcement operations and maintenance of peace and order continues to inspire us in performing our mandate as provided for by law to fight illegal drugs with utmost respect for human rights," the PNP said in a statement Sunday.