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P6-M cocaine found off Isabela town

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TUGUEGARAO CITY — A kilogram of cocaine worth PHP6 million was found off the shorelines of Barangay Bicobian in Divilacan, Isabela on Sunday.

Police Brig. Gen. Angelito Casimiro, Cagayan Valley regional police director, said fishers found the cocaine placed in a black rubberized plastic bag with brown packaging tape floating near the shorelines of the village.

The fishers turned over the substance to the Naval Intelligence and Security Group-Northern Luzon and later, to the Divilacan police.

Col. Mariano Rodriguez, Isabela police director, and Captain Geriyell Frogoso, Divilacan police chief, gave the contraband to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which has jurisdiction over drug cases.

The substance was confirmed to be cocaine in a series of tests by PDEA chemist Jomar Concepcion.

Casimiro said the “bigtime accomplishment” was due to the good partnership of villagers and police in the area who have been “vigilant and hardworking.”

In February 2018, a blue container with 18 packs of cocaine worth PHP79 million was found in Barangay Dipudo, also in Divilacan, Isabela.

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