One of the two fishermen who recovered thirty-four bricks of cocaine worth P230 million off the coast of Tandag City in Surigao del Sur, is facing illegal drug charges for keeping some “floating cocaine”.
The fisherman, identified as 48-year-old Ronie Navales, was arrested after he turned over four more bricks of cocaine to authorities at about 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a police report.
Of the 40 bricks of cocaine Navales and fellow fisherman Ryan Apel had seen along the seawaters of Barangay Bungtod, Tandag City on February 24, the suspect kept at least six bricks, wrapped with a plastic and sealed with rubber tape.
Sensing police operatives were watching him, Navales said he dumped two bricks of cocaine in a pail of water then flushed the drugs down the toilet. He surrendered the remaining contraband to authorities.
Navales, who is now under police custody, is facing charges for violation of R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier warned fishermen and residents not to keep any brick of cocaine that they might find in their area.
Instead of selling the illegal drugs for quick profit, the PNP advised residents and fishermen to surrender the contraband to authorities or risk facing charges.
Any local residents who would be caught with the contraband will be charged of illegal possession of illegal drugs, usually a non-bailable offense. By CLC