Truck operator yields 3 cocaine bricks

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DAVAO CITY - A truck operator at Sumifru wharf surrendered Tuesday three bricks of high-grade cocaine at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (Pdea) Davao Region office, bringing the total haul of recovered bricks of cocaine to 56 with eight bricks still missing.

Pdea Davao regional director Emerson Rosales, who is also the head of the Task Force Cocaine, said a certain Don-Don, a truck operator, surrendered the three bricks of cocaine weighing a total of more than three kilos to Pdea operatives around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Don-Don said he wanted to turn over the three bricks of cocaine to the authorities earlier but he hesitated due to fear that he might be arrested and punished for possession of illegal drugs.


The constant information of the authorities, however, made him change his mind so he contacted the agency to surrender the bricks.

Rosales, on the other hand, said he would like to thank the community for their trust and active participation in the recovery of the remaining bricks of cocaine. He said the numbers of bricks seized from the wharf are now at 56, while eight are still unaccounted.

"Once again the bureau wishes to inform the public that you are hereby ordered to immediately surrender the remaining bricks of suspected cocaine hydrochloride to Pdea Regional office or to the nearest police station," Rosales said.

A total of 24 bricks of high-grade cocaine weighing 25.968 kilograms were recovered last March 22 inside a Maersk Sealand container van at Sumifru wharf in this city.

Container van seized in Davao City reveals cocaine bricks
DAVAO FILE PHOTO. Workers break open the double wall of a container van after its ceiling collapsed to reveal 24 bricks of suspected cocaine Saturday night at the Sumifru Wharf in Tibungco, Davao City. (King Rodriguez)

The local government unit of Davao City, led by Acting City Mayor Paolo Duterte, signed an Executive Order (E.O. No. 17, Series of 2014, dated March 27, 2014) creating the Task Force Davao Cocaine and Other Illegal Drugs to hasten the investigation of the recovery of the missing suspected cocaine at the Sumifru wharf.

The main objective of the task force is to efficiently and effectively respond to the needs of collaborating efforts of all government agencies, be it local or international, and to neutralize any drug-related activities within the jurisdiction of this city.

"The intendment of the Task Force is to consolidate the forces of government and to strengthen the campaign against Importation, Exportation and Transshipment of Cocaine and other Illegal Drugs in the City of Davao," Rosales said.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in his television program "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" on Sunday, warned those still holding the bricks to return them lest face the consequences.

Duterte said P100,000 reward is still up for those who could give information to the authorities as to where and who is holding the missing bricks. He also said he believes someone possesses the bricks, which cost P6 million each. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 02, 2014.

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