Another cocaine brick washed ashore

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) — A brick of cocaine was recovered at a Quezon shoreline Monday morning, police said.

Brgy. San Jose, Mauban watchman Johnel Escudero found the brick wrapped in packaging tape near the boundary of Brgy. Rosario and San Jose around 9 a.m. He unwrapped the package, and upon seeing the white substance reported it to the Brgy. San Jose village chief, Lorenzo Ambon.

Quezon Police Provincial Director SSupt Osmundo de Guzman on Tuesday confirmed the brick contained 1.01 kilograms of cocaine, as confirmed by the police crime laboratory.

He said the cocaine brick recovered from Quezon had similar markings with those recovered in Camarines Norte last week.

"Kasi in Camarines Norte, the same package na may tatak na 'Lexus' doon sa press sa cocaine, parehas sila ng narecover sa Mauban," he said.

This is the latest in cocaine packages spotted on Philippine shorelines since February 10. A bag of cocaine worth ₱5,242,919 was recovered on a Camarines Norte coast on Saturday. 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.

Data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency showed that almost ₱486 million pesos worth of cocaine has been recovered since February 10.

De Guzman urged fishermen to surrender to the police cocaine bricks they may had picked up and kept.