SOCCSKSARGEN police authorities are looking deeper into circumstances surrounding the discovery of on Tuesday of P1.8-million worth of cocaine found inside a reefer container van that was unloaded by a Singaporean-registered container ship in General Santos City last month.
In his report to PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas, Police Brigadier General John Michael Dubria, Regional Director of Police Regional Office-12 raised the possibility that the discovered cocaine could be part of a bigger lode intended for other countries.
“The recovered cocaine may have been unintentionally left behind when the bulk of the contraband was unloaded when the ocean-going vessel made several stopovers before it reached the Port of General Santos City in the evening of November 26, 2020,” Dubria said as he noted the fact that the Philippine is not known to be a coccaine-consuming country.
On Tuesday, PDEA nd PNP agents aided by drug-detection K9 recovered 356. 4811 grams of cocaine wrapped in packaging tape and green rubber band earlier discovered by maintenance technicians of Internat’l Repair System (IRS) – Eastern Inc. – Gensan, Dubria said.
The SOCCSKSARGEN police chief has ordered the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) of Police Regional Office -12 in coordination with PDEA to continue searching all 84 reefer container vans that were unloaded last November 26 in the port of General Santos City by the container vessel M/V Barry Trader.
Dubria said three persons of interest are being interviewed to shed light on the incident.