LEGAZPI CITY -- Local fishermen turned over to police authorities 18 bricks of cocaine, which they found floating 100 meters off the shores of Tiwi town in Albay on Sunday night, December 18, said a Bicol police official.

Chief Superintendent Melvin Buenafe, director of the Police Regional Office-Bicol, said each of the cocaine bricks found in waters off Sogod village, Tiwi, weighed one kilogram and that the 18 kilos of cocaine bricks is worth around P100 million.

Senior Inspector Jan King Calipay, chief of police of Tiwi Municipal Police Office (MPO), said two fishermen, while on board a motorized banca, found floating offshore a net full of “brick-like items wrapped with brown packaging tape.”

He said the two fishermen, Manuel Comota and Razel Bragais, informed Teresita Cericos, village captain of Sogod, about the package and immediately informed the MPO about it.

Buenafe thanked the fishermen and Cericos for their “courage in responding to the Philippine National Police’s campaign against illegal drugs.”

He encouraged the public to continue supporting the Philippine National Police (PNP) in its anti-drug campaign.

Calipay said the recovered cocaine bricks were submitted to the PNP crime laboratory for further testing. (PNA)