27 more cocaine bricks found in Davao

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Monday, March 24, 2014

LOCAL authorities seized 27 more bricks of high-grade cocaine in this city Sunday afternoon, bringing the total haul of cocaine to 51 kilograms with a minimum estimated market value of at least P6 million per kilogram.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte offered on Monday P100,000 cash reward to anyone who could give information about 13 other missing bricks to the operatives, after authorities believe there could be as many as 64 bricks hidden inside the van based on the number of divisions on the van’s ceiling.

Duterte said he is willing to give P100,000 for each brick.


Operatives of the Bunawan Police Station, along with Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), seized the 27 bricks of cocaine while conducting search operation.

Bunawan Police Station head Senior Inspector Simplicio Sagarino Jr. said 23 of the 27 square packages were found at the back seat of the Fuso trailer truck through Noel Gardose Tamayo, a driver of the Sumifru.

The other four bricks of cocaine were found at the top of the generator set power house number three at Sumifru Wharf, through the information of one Eliseo Fuentes Djupore Jr.

The 27 bricks were believed to be among the 24 bricks of cocaine earlier recovered inside a 40-footer Maersk Sealand container van, Sagarino added.

Authorities found the 24 bricks of around 1.082 kilograms each hidden in the doubled wall of a reefer machine of the 40–footer container van at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, after the ceiling of the van collapsed and some of the bricks fall on the ground.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shows recovered cocaine bricks
DAVAO. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shows the 51 bricks so far recovered of the least 64 bricks of high-grade cocaine (estimated to cost P5 million each) found hidden inside a refrigerated container van at the Sumifru Wharf in Tibungco. (King Rodriguez)

DCPO Director Vicente Danao Jr. confirmed Monday that there should have been 64 bricks of cocaine hidden inside the van. He added that as of now, there are still 13 bricks missing.

“I am offering P100,000 kung kinsa tung mga kauban nila nga nakabalo ani. Total wala naman nagamit tung kang Baktin (Yu), diri na lang nato ihatag sa kung kinsa makatudlo,” Duterte said.

Duterte said he believes there are more container vans being used to ship illegal drugs, but this will be difficult to trace since container vans arrive by the thousands.

He added that the seized packages are not from the city and are not intended for Davao.

"This has to be an international syndicate. I really don't think that this (substance) are intended for Davao City. Wala'y maka-afford ana ngari. Kung meron man, I don't think (the person is a resident of Davao City) here. This is too expensive," Duterte said.

The authorities confirmed that the packages are high–grade cocaine, after the PDEA operatives conducted their field examination on one of the recovered bricks.

The seized drugs were brought to the PDEA-Davao office for qualitative and quantitative examination.

“I am always alarmed by the quality and quantity of drugs coming into the city. It’s always a cause of alarm here,” Duterte said.

Duterte is known for his stance against criminals, especially those who are in connection with illegal drugs.

The regional Bureau of Customs, meanwhile, said it is already tracing the original port of embarkation and the movement of the seized container van found to have contained high-grade cocaine. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 25, 2014.

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