A fisherman has recovered at least 25 packs of suspected cocaine on an island off Guiuan town, Eastern Samar.
But the spokesperson of the regional office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Eastern Visayas (PDEA) declined to confirm if the items were indeed cocaine pending results of laboratory tests.
Gomercido Nolasco, who discovered the 25 packs of white powdery substance, said he was preparing his fish net while wading in the water when he saw a floating container.
“I was curious so I picked it up,” said Nolasco in a phone interview. “Its cover was sealed thoroughly but I was able to open it and I saw 25 well-sealed packs inside the container,” he said.
Nolasco immediately reported the find to the village chair, Saturnino Garado, after he brought the items to the house of village councilor Rosario Abuyno.
On Feb. 6, policemen from Guiuan went to the village to check the items and claimed these could be cocaine, Nolasco said.
Rogelette Urgel, spokesperson of the regional PDEA office, said she could not say if the white powdery substance was cocaine.
“This needs to be subjected to a laboratory test first,” Urgel said.