Crewman of Taiwan-flagged vessel admits 24 kilos of cocaine came from their sunken ship

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  • A crewman of the Taiwan-flagged cargo vessel said the cocaine found in Sorsogon came from their ship
  • The ship sank off the waters of Northern Samar during the onslaught of tropical depression Agaton
  • A fisherman found the plastic drum that contained 24 kilos of cocaine along the shores of Juag Lagoon in Matnog town

A crewman of the Taiwanese cargo vessel that sank off the waters of Northern Samar at the height of tropical depression “Agaton” last week admitted to authorities that the cocaine found along the shores of Sorsogon came from their sunken ship.

The ship reportedly came from China en route to Chile, as per a GMA story dated January 5.

A fisherman from Matnog, Sorsogon identified as Robert Frado Galvez found a plastic drum floating along the shores of Juag Lagoon in Barangay Calintaan and turned it over to authorities without knowing what it contained.

Christian Frivaldo, a regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, said 24 packs of cocaine bricks weighing at least a kilo per pack were found inside the plastic drum.

Based on the testimony of the unnamed Taiwanese crewman of M/V Jin Ming Nr. 16, a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the drugs were not intended for the country.

“The drugs were not intended for the Philippines but a country in Latin America,” the police official said.

Article originally posted: January 7, 2018, 2:39 pm (UTC-0). Last update: January 7, 2018 at 2:39 pm (UTC-0).

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